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An Alpine man has just completed his ascent of the Mt. Everest summit.

Greg Paul is at Camp 2 resting following his Thursday night ascent (Utah time). On his descent he will cross through the hazardous Ice Falls one last time while making his way to Base Camp.

“I will definitely sleep better after that,” his wife, Billie Paul, said.

According to Ortho Development Corporation in Draper, Paul, 61, is the first known climber to conquer Everest — the highest mountain on earth at 29,029 feet — with a double knee replacement. In contrast, three years ago, his arthritis was so severe he had trouble climbing stairs.

“For him to now have climbed the tallest mountain in the world is nothing short of amazing,” said Brent Bartholomew, president of Ortho Development. “Our congratulations also go out to doctors Marc Mariani and Benjamin Hansen from the Salt Lake Orthopaedic Clinic, along with all of the skilled healthcare professionals who assisted in Greg’s knee replacement surgeries.

“This is a monumental day for orthopedics and total joint replacement surgery.”

In a blog entry at gregclimbing.com titled “There and Back Again” with a time stamp of 2:17 p.m. Friday, Paul spoke of his achievement.

via Daily Herald