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Tuesday, 11 September, 2001, 06:33 GMT 07:33 UK
Frostbite victim climbs again
Nigel Vardy
Nigel Vardy became trapped on Mount McKinley
A climber has returned to high-altitude mountaineering for the first time since losing his toes and fingertips through frostbite.

Nigel Vardy from Belper, Derbyshire, says he is considering an expedition to the Himalayas following a two-week trip to the Alps.

He was one of three climbers who had to be airlifted off Mount McKinley, Alaska, in May 1999.

They became trapped just below the summit in freezing temperatures and gale-force winds.

Rehabilitation test

Last year Mr Vardy returned to work and started rock climbing again in the Peak District.

He said the trip to the Swiss and French Alps had been a major test of his rehabilitation.

He was able to climb 13,000-feet mountains and at one point climbed a 2,000-feet ice face.

He said he was now considering taking part in an expedition to the Himalayas, facing climbs of up to 20,000 feet.

After the drama on Mount McKinley, the three climbers said conditions on the 20,000-feet peak were the worst they had encountered.

Two of the climbers fell and the third became trapped after trying to go for help.

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