Renowned ad­ven­turer joins moun­tain res­cue

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

AN in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned moun­taineer has joined Bux­ton Moun­tain Res­cue Team to help with train­ing, fundrais­ing and op­er­a­tional sup­port.

The group helps those stranded in the re­gion in­clud­ing Mac­cles­field For­est.

They will now get ex­pert help from Nigel Vardy is a record break­ing climber, author and mo­ti­va­tional speaker.

He suf­fered hor­ren­dous am­pu­ta­tions of his fin­gers, toes and nose af­ter get­ting frost­bite climb­ing in Alaska in 1999.

He needed re­con­struc­tive fa­cial surgery and af­ter three years re­cov­er­ing from his in­juries, Nigel re­turned to climb­ing.

Since 2001 he has climbed in the Alps, Dolomites, Nepali and In­dian Hi­malayas, The Cau­ca­sus, South Africa and Brazil.

He has also ap­peared on na­tional and in­ter­na­tional TV and ra­dio and has writ­ten ex­ten­sively about his ex­pe­ri­ences.

A long time sup­porter of moun­tain res­cue Nigel is now in the po­si­tion to get more closely in­volved for.

Nigel, who now lives across the bor­der in Der­byshire, said: “Watch­ing parts of my body die were some of the hard­est days of my life.

“Those tiny things sud­denly be­came so im­por­tant, es­pe­cially at the prospect of los­ing them.”

Nigel grew up in the Peak Dis­trict and got a taste for climb­ing ex­pe­di­tions in the early 1990s.

Nigel said his first mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence in the moun­tains was when the Snow­den train came off its rails.

He said: “I think it was 1976 and the toothed cog failed on the way up.

“The train had to ap­ply the emer­gency brake and evac­u­ate ev­ery­one whilst re­pairs were made.

“I should have known that I would be a dis­as­ter from then on.”

Last year the char­ity cel­e­brated its 50th an­niver­sary.

Roger Ben­nett from BMRT said: “Nigel will be a great as­set to the team and we are for­tu­nate that he has cho­sen to join Bux­ton MRT.

“I know he has a lot to of­fer both in rais­ing the team’s pro­file and prac­ti­cal ad­vice.

“I’m sure he will be a bonus not just to Bux­ton team but to all the Peak Dis­trict teams and prob­a­bly fur­ther afield.”

The group runs purely on do­na­tions from the pub­lic.

To see how you can sup­port the group or to see more about the work they do visit the web­site www. bux­ton­moun­tain­res­cue.

●● Nigel Vardy has joined Bux­ton Moun­tain Team

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