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I met this guy in January 2002 before i was ill and even then i thoguht he was a great inspiration.

After I was ill i got in contact wiht him and I am planning to go to New Zealand next year and on my travels hopefully meet him.

http://www.markinglis.co.nz/

Check him out... hes a cool dude and his books were soooo inspirational.

Take care :0)

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I read this today about Mark Inglis, who is planning on climbing Everest. :unsure:

I have had contact previously with him by email (thanks to DaveH), and I agree, he is an inspiring and amazing man!

At least I won't get frostbitten toes, says legless climber tackling Everest

By Nick Squires in Sydney

(Filed: 21/01/2006)

A New Zealand mountaineer who lost his legs in a climbing accident plans to become the first double amputee to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Mark Inglis nearly died when a blizzard trapped him in a snow cave at the top of New Zealand's highest mountain for 14 days more than 20 years ago.

He will set off for the Himalayas in March and start climbing from the Tibetan side of Everest in early April, accompanied by a Sherpa and guides from an expedition company.

Far from their being a liability, Mr Inglis believes that his two prosthetic legs will give him advantages over other climbers.

"I can cope with the cold much better than most people," he said yesterday. "I retain heat very well because I have less body mass and I acclimatise much better because I have so much less functional muscle."

Frostbite of the toes and feet was no longer a problem, he joked. "It's a case of done that, been there, problem solved." Two years ago he reached the summit of Cho Oyu, which at 26,906 feet is the sixth highest mountain in the world and only 2,000 feet lower than Everest.

He will take two sets of prosthetic limbs with him: a set of rigid, ultra-light aluminium legs and a new pair of carbon-fibre legs with a flexible heel, specially made for him in New Zealand.

The metal feet of both sets of legs can be fitted with crampons to cope with Everest's snow and ice.

The biggest challenge will be to ensure that the robot-like limbs fit on to the stumps of his legs without chafing.

He said: "Success will be nothing to do with how great the legs are; it's how well the stump fits into the leg socket. Much of the time on the mountain will be about adjusting the sockets to minimise pain and maximise performance."

He insisted that having artificial legs would make the task of climbing Everest only "20 per cent" harder than for an able-bodied person.

"So much about Everest is about attitude, planning and really wanting to do it," he said. "If you really want to do something, what's a bit of pain? You just have to get on with it."

Refusing to be defeated by the loss of his legs, Mr Inglis has taken a degree in human biochemistry, become an award-winning winemaker and won a silver medal in cycling at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games.

Taken from this page of the telegraph.co.uk website.

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He was on the radio over here on Friday, going back to NZ then setting off for Everest. He is also trying to raise money for prothetic training so that the sherpas over there who have lost limbs can get them and have them maintained.

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He has also written a few books. One about his life, No mean Feat and another called Off The Front Foot. both are very very good reads!

I'm not sure if i had posted on here after I came back from travelling, I actually got to meet him. I could hardly keep the conversation flowing as I was so in awe of meeting my ultimate inspiration.

Great GUY!

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