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Thursday, 7 November, 2002, 19:25 GMT
Climber returns from Himalayas
Nigel Vardy
Nigel Vardy lost most of his fingers and toes in Alaska
A mountain climber who lost most of his fingers and toes to frostbite has made his return to high-altitude climbing by tackling a peak in the Himalayas.

Nigel Vardy, from Belper in Derbyshire, survived freezing conditions on Mount McKinley in Alaska three years ago but lost part of his nose and several fingers.

He was determined to return to climbing after spending weeks in hospital following the incident when he was stranded by a severe blizzard.

Mr Vardy decided to travel to Nepal, where he climbed several mountains - including High Island Peak, which is a 6,184-metre-high summit near Everest.

Himalayan mountain
Nigel Vardy: His feet suffered most on the trip
He told BBC News after his return: "Getting back to climbing at that altitude is quite a thing to take on even when you are fit, never mind when you have had severe frostbite.

"I saw one or two helicopter rescues, which brought back some bad memories.

"It is hard to deal with, but I think I did deal with it fairly well."

The trip to Nepal was the first major test of Mr Vardy's climbing skills since he underwent surgery in Nottingham.

He added: "My fingers weren't too bad, although they did suffer a bit, but my feet did suffer for sure."

Mr Vardy says that once he is fully rested, he plans to have a climbing holiday in Scotland.


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