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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Climbing Everest Without Legs

New Zealand Mountaineer First Double Amputee to Climb Mt. Everest

New Zealand climber Mark Inglis has become the first double amputee to scale the world's highest mountain after loosing both legs in a climbing accident 24 years ago.

The prosthetic legs had been no trouble, and when one snapped earlier this month he described the mishap as "a minor hiccup".

In case something went wrong, he was carrying a spare set of legs as well as equipment to make necessary repairs.

Inglis was a mountain rescue guide when he and fellow climber Phil Doole had both legs amputated below the knee after suffering frostbite in 1982 when trapped in an ice cave for 14 days on Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest peak.

More about Mt. Everest here.