Sibusiso Vilane made South Africa proud on his Everest climb when he reached the “death zone”, 8 000m high, last week.
This local man speaks about his recent Everest climb as if it was a walk in the park. The adventurer speaks calmly about his decision to turn around saying: “The only reason I decided not to start climbing up at Camp 4 was that it was clear I would remain on the mountain forever or be brought down in rescue bag.”
While climbing up the mountain, Vilane developed a sever cough, which can prove deadly to any travelling on that climb but he didn’t let it stop him from continuing and then attempted to complete his climb with no oxygen. This is extremely dangerous and has only ever been attempted by a small number of people.
This was not the first time this man has achieved greatness in a climb. In 2003 he made history as the first black man to reach the top of Mount Everest from the south side.
Vilane started climbing Mountains after meeting John Doble in 1996 by summiting peaks in the Drakensberg. In 1999 he summited Kilimanjaro and went on to the Himalayas in 2002, where he successfully climbed Pokalde, Lobujé and Island Peak, all of which are over 6 000 metres high, they were the only peaks he climbed before his Mount Everest expedition.
In a different article called Victim of petrol bomb attack planning to scale Mt Everest, Briefly.co.za reported on William Baartman who is one of a dozen climbers hoping to raise money for children who suffer from burn wounds. The plan is to scale Mt Everest later this year.
William's story is special. He was a victim of a petrol bomb attack 45-years-ago. Protesting students attacked his house because his father taught Afrikaans. William sustained burn wounds over 75% of his body and lost his sister, Grace, in the fire. The burns left him disfigured and without fingers but this has not deterred the brave man from making a difference.
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