Blind Climber Scales Europe’s Tallest Mountain

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Extreme weather forced a longer stay.

A 23-year-old is thought to have become the first blind British man to reach the summit of Europe’s highest mountain, BBC News reports.

Jack Garner faced winds of more than 50mph,  minus 35-degree wind chill and a longer stay than usual on Mount Elbrus due to extreme weather conditions.

In 2007, at the age of 11, Jack lost his sight due to a genetic condition. It was traumatic, he says, but challenges helped him cope.

Jack started his serious mountaineering career in 2015, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. In 2016 he took part in an 11-day trek to a base camp on Mt. Everest.

This year he decided to take on Mount Elbrus — all 18,500 feet of it. “My parents were concerned when I told them what I was going to do,” he said.

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