Blind Albertan tackles Everest base camp

The trek to Everest base camp is said to be one of the most challenging in the world, but imagine hiking the route blind.

Shabu Hussein makes the climb 60 years after the first Mount Everest ascent

Everest continues to attract climbers from around the world. One local man took it on despite challenges of his own. 2:43

The peaks of Everest are said to be the most challenging and dangerous in the world — a feat few dare to take on — but imagine climbing it blind.

Shabu Hussein tackled more than 5,000 metres to the Everest Base Camp with the help of his wife Shaida and a Sherpa mountain guide.

It took them 14 days trekking through the Himalayas of Nepal, but the couple says it was worth it.

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Shabu Hussein tackled more than 5,000 metres to the Everest Base Camp with the help of his wife Shaida. (Courtesy of the Husseins)

Exhibit celebrates milestone

Wednesday also marks the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is paying homage with a new exhibit.

Calgarian Dave Rodney, the first Canadian to make the climb twice, was at the unveiling at the centre located at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

"[It's] worth it just to go to base camp — let alone going to the top," Rodney told Grade 8 students from Nose Creek School who were at the exhibit opening. "The people that you meet, the cultures that you encounter — it's an incredible trip."

Hall of Fame president and CEO Mario Sicilia salutes the original feats of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay back in 1953, but notes it's fitting to mark today's diamond anniversary with the help of a climbing Canuck.

"He had all of these artifacts from the top of Everest he was willing to loan to us," he said. "It came together, so we're thrilled to be able to host this exhibition on Everest and his climb in particular as a Canadian."

The Everest exhibit is open to the public until Aug. 31.