Mark Inglis lost his legs on Mt Cook but that didn’t stop him from going back and conquering the mountain.
Mark Inglis began work as a professional mountaineer in Mount Cook National Park in 1979. A Search and Rescue Mountaineer, in November 1982 Mark and his climbing partner Philip Doole were trapped in an ice cave near the summit of Mt Cook in a storm that lasted 13.5 days. Both men lost their legs through frostbite.
Challenged to “re-think” his career, Mark attended Lincoln University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) (1st Class) in Biochemistry. After 3 year with the Christchurch School of Medicine, Mark joined Montana Wines and became a Senior Winemaker.
He also took up sport again, and returned to the outdoors he loved so much. He has competed nationally and international in Disabled Alpine Skiing, winning gold, silver and bronze medals.
In Disabled Road Cycling he represented New Zealand at the 1998 World Championships and won a Silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics (1000m Cycling individual time trial ).
In 2002 Mark achieved another long-planned goal – to step onto the summit of Mount Cook. In November 2002 Mark released his book No Mean Feat – detailing the extraordinary story of survival by Mark and his climbing partner Phil Doole, in an ice cave near the summit of Mount Cook. No Mean Feat tells the story of the ferocious storm that caused the men to be trapped and their situation throughout their days in the cave and their eventual rescue.
For a highly inspirational address—with lessons in team building, achieving personal excellence, overcoming adversity and turning dreams into reality.
Mark Inglis has a number of other projects and expeditions planned for the next few years. Meanwhile, as he prepares and trains for these, Mark will entertain and inspire you with his experiences.
After dinner entertainment