Tough Kiwi climber Inglis touts his new Discovery Channel show

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 May, 2007, 12:00am

New Zealander Mark Inglis is one tough Kiwi climber. The mountaineering expert lost both his feet to frostbite climbing years ago, but it didn't stop him from his lifelong goal to reach the summit of Mount Everest. That incredible feat was achieved exactly a year ago on two artificial limbs and it's been captured in a Discovery Channel series Everest: Beyond The Limit. In town to promote the six-part show, Inglis - who actually likes the freezing temperatures on mountain peaks - is sweating hard, even though it's still far from summer weather yet.

'Actually, double amputees have a problem dispersing heat,' he explained. 'The blood doesn't circulate as far. It's great for Everest and a huge advantage because we don't have to wear as many clothes, but terrible in places like Cambodia where I work with other double amputees.'

Inglis is a winemaker by trade and gives his time to a charity called Limbs 4 All, which is where Cambodia comes in. 'When I lost my legs, the challenge wasn't how to walk again. It was how to live again. But these days I am very hard on other disabled people. Before complaining about accessibility or whatever, they need to try [overcoming] it first.' Everest: Beyond The Limit debuts on May 22.