In this Sunday, June 10, 2012 photo, Japanese climber Hirotaka Takeuchi celebrates after he was congratulated by the President of Nepal Mountaineering Association Zimba Zangbu Sherpa in Katmandu, Nepal. Takeuchi, who was nearly killed by an avalanche in 2007, scaled the 8,167-meter-high (26,788-foot-high) Mount Dhaulagiri on May 26 to finish his 17-year mission, has become his country's first person to scale the world's 14 tallest mountains, completing his latest climb in Nepal, mountaineering officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi)
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published Monday, June 11th, 2012
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KATMANDU, Nepal — A Japanese mountaineer who was nearly killed by an avalanche in 2007 finished a climb in Nepal last month that made him his country's first person to scale the world's 14 tallest mountains.