Partially Blind Woman Achieves Dream of Climbing Mount Everest

"It's just another challenge," said Larry Abbott, as he waited with his wife at the Los Angeles airport before her flight. "It's the cards that you're dealt. We're all faced with challenges of our own type, some of them small, some of them big, every single day."

Reaching Her Goal

The entire trip, including the climb on the south side of Everest, took more than two months. On the way to the top, in one of the most challenging ascents, Abbott and her group climbed straight up 2,000 feet of hard blue ice. Finally, after 18½ hours of nonstop climbing, Abbott made the round trip from the final camp to the summit at more than 29,000 feet.

"It was just the most amazing feeling," said Abbot in a satellite phone call after reaching the peak. "You look out and know that you're on top of the world."

Making her way down was even more treacherous than reaching the top. Vision problems meant she temporarily lost sight in her right eye and climbed down the ice wall practically blind. The vision loss was temporary, and aside from that, she suffered only some minor injuries and frostbite.

Abbott returned to Southern California about a week after reaching the summit of Mount Everest. But she won't be home for long. Next up: taking her husband on a scuba diving trip.

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