Tuesday, May 16, 2006

To the top

It's another first on Mount Everest. A New Zealand mountain guide who lost his legs from frostbite more than two decades ago reached the summit of Everest on Monday.

Mark Inglis, who spent 40 days on the mountain, got an early morning start from Camp Four, less than 1,500 feet below the 29,035-foot summit.

This wasn't the first big mountain for the 47-year-old climber is a Paralympic silver-medal cyclist, winemaker and father of three. In 2004, he climbed 26,906-foot Cho Oyu in Tibet. The expedition was expected to raise several hundred thousand dollars for a Cambodian center that rehabilitates land mine amputees, polio victims and others.

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