He holds a degree in Human Biochemistry from Lincoln University, New Zealand, and has conducted research on leukaemia. He is also an accomplished cyclist and, as a double leg amputee, won a silver medal in the 1 km time trial event at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney. He is the first double amputee to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.


Born in Geraldine, Inglis began work as a professional mountaineer in 1979 as a search and rescue mountaineer for Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park. In 1982 Inglis and climbing partner Philip Doole was stuck in a snow cave on Aoraki / Mount Cook for 13 days due to an intense blizzard. The rescue of the two climbers was a major media event in New Zealand. Both men’s legs became badly frostbitten while awaiting rescue. Following Inglis’s rescue, both his legs were amputated 14 cm below the knee.

On 15 May 2006, after 40 days of climbing, Inglis became the first-ever double amputee to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. While acclimatizing at 6,400 meters (21,000 ft), a fixed-line anchor failed, resulting in Inglis falling and breaking one of his carbon-fiber prosthetic legs in half. It was temporarily repaired with duct tape, while a spare was brought up from base camp. Inglis’s Everest expedition was filmed for the Discovery Channel series Everest: Beyond the Limit.

In addition to being a goodwill ambassador for the Everest Rescue Trust, Inglis has created a New Zealand-based charitable trust Limbs4All. He has also created a range of sports drinks and energy gels named PeakFuel. In the 2002 Queen’s Birthday and Golden Jubilee Honours, Inglis was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to persons with disabilities.

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