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S. Korean sets record for reaching Himalayan peaks without oxygen tanks
SEOUL, May 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korean mountaineer Kim Chang-ho climbed all 14 Himalayan peaks of more than 8,000 meters without oxygen tanks, becoming the first from his country to do so and setting a world record for completing the climbs in the shortest span of time, the Korean Alpine Federation (KAF) said Monday.

Kim reached Mount Everest (9,848 meters), his 14th peak, around 9 a.m. Monday, the KAF said. It took him seven years, 10 months and six days to complete his challenge, about a month shorter than the previous record of seven years, 11 months and 14 days set by Polish climber Jerzy Kukuczka. The 43-year-old alpinist joins 13 others who completed the climbs without the help of oxygen.