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Last Updated: Tuesday May 16 2006 12:42 GMT

Man with no legs climbs Everest

Mark Ingliss (Image courtesy of Mark Ingliss)
A New Zealand man who lost both his legs in a climbing accident has reached the top of Mount Everest.

Mark Inglis, 47, phoned his wife Anne to say he'd got to the top of the world's highest peak on Monday and had returned to a base camp.

He got frostbite in both legs in 1982, and both his legs had to be amputated below the knee. However he carried on climbing after getting his new legs.

He is the first person to scale the 8,850m high peak with two false legs.

In an interview with the news agency AFP before the trip, Mr Inglis said: "I'm not doing this to be the first double amputee.

"If I am then it's the icing on the cake - but it's more about I've been climbing most of my life and Everest is the achievement really.

"And it gives you the knowledge of empowerment to do other things."

Mr Inglis has worked as a ski guide and has also won a silver medal in the Paralympics in 2000 since losing his legs.

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