Mark Inglis - the first climber to conquer Everest without legs
The New Zealander Mark Inglis in 2006 was conquered Everest. But what is surprising is not it, but the fact that twenty years ago he lost both legs. Thanks to his wife Inglis, reporters learned that he had always dreamed of climbing to the highest point on the planet.
To carry out a cherished dream that the athlete did not stop even the fact that in 1982 during an expedition to the mountains of New Zealand Mount Cook, he froze both feet. Surgeons had to amputate the limb below the knee and after a while became Inglis move on two prostheses. Yet climber lost his dream of Everest - he continued his training and preparation for the implementation of the ascent.
During the ascent to the summit, which lasted 40 days, Inglis share fell more severe test. At an altitude of 6400 meters he broke one of the prostheses had to be engaged in its repair. Fortunately, the athlete prudently brought a spare part. Successfully repaired, the athlete continued his ascent and finished it, and climb the highest point on the planet.
In addition, Mark climbed Everest on one side of the mountain, and down he had to the other. By the way, according to competent sources, such route was the third in the history of the conquest of the summit.
Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand, who personally congratulated the mountaineer. She said that currently the conquest of Everest itself is a major achievement for every climber, and it has become even more important for Mark Inglis.