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Don't fence us in

February 25, 2008

Boston Herald, United States
February 23, 2008

A group of blind Tibetan teens who conquered Mount Everest were in
Newton yesterday scaling another personal peak - learning how to
fence.

The teens, whose Everest climb three years ago was captured for the
newly released documentary "Blindsight," visited the Carroll Center
for the Blind in Newton, where they were taught fencing by the
center's sparring stars.

"Fencing is unique to the Carrol Center," said Arthur O'Neill, vice
president. "We provide it to persons in rehab training here. It helps
develop good cane skills. When a person loses vision, they lose the
ability to even go in a straight line, so fencing helps develop" a
good sense of space, he said.
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The students' mentor, renowned blind mountaineer Erik Weihenmayer, led
the young Tibetans on a three-week trek of the 23,000-foot Lhakpa Ri
on Mount Everest's north side.

Weihenmayer is the only blind climber to have reached the mountain's
highest summit. He got his taste for climbing during summer programs
at the Carroll Center some 20 years ago.

At school yesterday were climbers Sonam Bhumtso, Gyenshen, Dachung,
Kyila, Tenzin and Tashi Pasang, along with their teacher, Sabriye
Tenberken, 37.

"Fencing was great. I've never done it before," said Kyila, 21."We
learned something new that we can take over to Tibet and teach to
kids."

At the time of their climb, the students were all enrolled in
Tenberken's Braille Without Borders school - the only school for the
blind in Tibet.
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