Malaysia is creating history, day after day. Double amputee Azrulkhan Hasrullah, or fondly known as Adam, managed to complete his hike mission to the Mount Everest base camp. What’s more amazing is that he did it by limping, as he is handicapped. He was able to conquer altitudes of up to 5,350m in 14 days!
The hike wasn’t easy—there were challenges that Adam and his team, Kelab Eksplorasi 7 Benua Malaysia (who sponsored his expedition), had to face such as thick snow, uneven surfaces with muddy snow and yak faeces, low temperatures, lack of oxygen at high altitudes, and long hiking hours. It’s tough enough for seasoned hikers, what more those with disabilities.
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In December 2016, Adam, 26, made it into the Malaysia Book of Records as the first disabled man to crawl up the peak of Mount Kinabalu. The Kuching native said the way up Mount Kinabalu was paved with pain, rejection and heartbreak. His first attempt saw him not completing the expedition despite being only 1km away from the pinnacle—Low’s Peak—when his team members urged him to stop as they were worried for his safety. His second attempt a few months later saw him making it up the 4,095m Mount Kinabalu in three days.
From then on, he aimed to conquer Mount Everest, and he successfully did.
Adam is living proof that physical disabilities should not be a hindrance to achieving your dreams. Congratulations for your bravery and courage! Wear that Malaysian flag loud and proud. 😉