First Deaf climber ever reaching the highest peak in Antarctica



Photo: Yasuyuki Okubo standing at the top of Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica.(DEAF-UNION)



Yasuyuki Okubo, a Deaf man living in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, succeeded in reaching the top of Vinson Massive (4987 meters), the highest peak of Antarctica at 16:00, January 2, 2009 at local time, the first achievement ever as a Deaf climber in the the world.

Congratulations!

Okubo said in his e-mail.
"I have suffered from bad weather everyday. But after having getting it over, I finally made it. Thank you for rooting, support and cooperation."


Source: The Deaf and Hard of Hearing NEWS (subscription)


For Okubo's background and his plan for this adventure, see the following blog:

http://deafjapan.blogspot.com/2008/10/deaf-man-plans-to-climb-highest.html



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