Am­putee con­quers Alps peak

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A BRI­TISH moun­taineer who lost his hands and feet af­ter suf­fer­ing se­vere frost­bite has claimed to be the first quadru­ple am­putee to have climbed Switzer­land’s Mat­ter­horn.

Jamie An­drew, 47, from Ed­in­burgh, scaled the 14,692ft Alpine sum­mit us­ing pros­thetic legs and spe­cially adapted poles.

He had to learn to walk again af­ter be­ing stranded in a storm in the French Alps in 1999.

Af­ter be­ing res­cued, his hands and feet were am­pu­tated. His climb­ing part­ner Jamie Fisher died.

Within three and a half months, Jamie ( was walk­ing and he turned to ski­ing and long-dis­tance run­ning be­fore re­turn­ing to moun­taineer­ing.

He spent five years train­ing be­fore at­tempt­ing to reach the Alpine sum­mit last Thurs­day with two guides.

Jamie used pros­the­ses and spe­cially adapted poles, an­dused what re­mains of his arms to hold on to the rope.

He took al­most 13 hours to reach the sum­mit and re­turn to base camp – about five hours longer than most climbers.

He posted on Face­book that it was a “dream as­cent” and a “fan­tas­tic day with the best com­pany”.

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