Deaf runner succeeds in reaching Mount Kilimanjaro summit in Africa

Nagai Hisashi (left) at the summit
of Mount Kilimanjaro
September 4, 2014

Nagai Hisashi (永井恒), 58, a Deaf runner of Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka Prefecture, challenged climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in the African continent in August, and succeeded in reaching the Gilman's Point (5681 meters) of Mt. Kilimanjaro on August 13.

Nagai gained the mountain-climbing certificate after he gave up climbing to the highest peak Kibo (5865 meters) because of bad weather. He said, "for a Japanese Deaf person who reached the summit, probably I am the first."

Nagai who has so far won the marathon championships in 47 all prefectures across Japan planned to climb the Kinabalu mountain in Malaysia last year. However, Malaysia is not ready to welcome a person with disability for climbing, which made him decide to realize his dream.

He opted for Mt. Kilimanjaro even without a full-scale mountain-climbing experience. Since asked for a hearing guide even in Kilimanjaro, Nagai had to employ the Japanese guide on the spot.

He has visited 15 nations in Africa including Tanzania and 70 nations or more in the world. He plans to visit South America in December. He also mentioned winning the part for aged 60 and over in the marathon convention in every place two years later as a new goal.

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