Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Mark Inglis.

I loved this story in my newspaper today. Mark Inglis a middle-aged man from New Zealand painfully hauled himself up the last few feet to the summit of Mount Everest this week. Nothing so unusual in that - after all, climbing Everest has become so popular that its slopes are often crowded, and more than 100 people have scaled the mountain already this year - but Mark Inglis is different: he has no legs.

Inglis, who lost both his legs to frostbite more than 20 years ago, is the first double amputee to reach the top of Everest. On Monday night he telephoned his wife, Anne, at their New Zealand home from the 29,035ft mountain to let her know he had made it safely.

At one point, one of them snapped in a fall at 21,000 feet, and he had to carry out makeshift repairs on the mountainside before he could struggle back to his fellow climbers and rebuild it with spare parts.

Well done Mark, you are an inspiration to everyone on this planet. It matters not whether you are able bodied, disabled or as in his case, a double amputee. His spirit shows just what can be done. That should be an inspiration to the millions of obese couch potatoes on earth.
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