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Calgarian summits Mount Everest
Published Thursday, May 12, 2011 6:31PM MDT
A Calgary man has accomplished what no other Canadian has done.
Known as 'Peak and Pond,' swimming across the English Channel and climbing Mount Everest are two adventures many will never get to experience.
Bill Borger braved 90 km/h winds and a nine hour summit push to reach the peak of the world's highest mountain about 7:00 p.m. mountain time on Wednesday.
"We (the Sherpas and I) pushed through the wind to get to the summit, and the second I got there I felt like I was going to get blown off the ridge into Tibet," Borger said.
Borger swam the English Channel in 2000 and raised $100,000 for the Canadian Mental Health Association.
His mountain climbing expedition has raised $400,000 for the Calgary Handibus Association.
The money raised will buy four new buses.
Borger is now one of five in the world to accomplish both feats.