Amputee conquers Alps peak
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”.