Quadruple amputee Jamie Andrew inhibits Matterhorn – BBC News

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Image caption Jamie Andrew climbed the Matterhorn accompanied by two friends, mountain guides Steve Jones and Steve Monks

Scottish climber Jamie Andrew has become the first quadruple amputee to subdue the Matterhorn.

Mr Andrew lost his hands and hoofs to frostbite after he and his climbing spouse were caught for five darkness in the French Alps in 1999.

His ascent of the 4,478 ft Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps was five years old in the planning.

He told BBC Scotland: “It was very hard, but all the grooming prepared the ascent go like a dream.”

Mr Andrew, from Edinburgh, survived a commotion on Mont Blanc in 1999 which killed his climbing partner. He lost hypothermia and frostbite and had to learn to walk again after his hands and hoofs were amputated.

After working with rehabilitation professionals he took up skiing, has run marathons and iron-man triathlons, and also returned to climbing.

Image copyright Jamie Andrew
Image copyright Jamie Andrew

The 47 -year-old quelled the Matterhorn accompanied by two friends, mountain guidebooks Steve Jones and Steve Monks.

“It was five years ago, I first had this amazing notion that I could clamber the Matterhorn without hands and hoofs, ” he told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland radio programme.

“I’ve get incredible prosthetic legs which are custom-made for me. For my limbs I utilized special spars – like ski poles – to gain purchase and stop poise on the very ticklish terrain that you find all the style up.”

With gales foreshadow earlier in the day of the projected climb, Mr Andrew said get up and back down as fast as possible was indispensable.

“You’ve got to move fast to do that and that was my key challenges, just going as soon as it is get up and down before any rains came in.”

Two other British climbers croaked on the other side of the Matterhorn soon after Mr Andrew and his squad completed their challenge.

It is believed that the pair, who have not been referred, were surprised by unseasonably cold weather, and reports intimate one was wearing light clothing.

“It is a hazardous milieu and there are perils, ” said the Scottish climber.

Image copyright Jamie Andrew
Image copyright Jamie Andrew

“I take the posture that the more well-prepared you are, the more you are able to relieve the risks you face. I am married, and a papa of three, and my biggest priority is to get by the mountain safely – getting to the summit is a bonus.”

Mr Andrew described his clamber as “exciting” and “amazing” and said it pushed him “absolutely to my limit”.

“The summit is incredible. It’s such a tiny, little meridian for the purposes of the a big mountain, ” he added.

“It’s precisely a tiny perched, arete of snowfall, right on the extremely crest with massive stops on either side of you. It is extremely, extremely exposed.

“There was not a cloud in the sky all around. It was just beautiful to be standing there, and the summit of accomplishment for me after all the planning, planning, contests and anguish that departed in to it.”

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