Lecture in language
Facing his own death, he watched his partner and experienced mountaineer die. He has come a long and challenging journey and now encourages others to overcome their own boundaries. “Nothing is impossible,” he says.
He lost his hands and feet, yet he did not give up on climbing and continues to conquer mountain peaks around the world. The story of the Scottish mountaineer Jamie Andrew is one about a passion for mountains, about pain, struggles, and an incredibly strong willpower. At the height of his climbing career, tragedy struck unexpectedly when he was caught in a terrible storm for five days after conquering the North Face of Les Droites in the French Alps with his climbing partner. The ensuing helicopter rescue was one of the most spectacular in the history of the Alps and made news headlines around the world. Unfortunately, the rescue came too late for his partner, Jamie Fisher, but Jamie Andrew survived, despite severe frostbite and hypothermia. Later in the hospital, all of his hands and feet had to be amputated. It took many months for him to come to terms with the loss of a friend, with the guilt, helplessness, anger and denial. In the end, he decided to move on, to live life to the fullest, to reconsider his priorities and accept the tragic event as a challenge. Despite having no hands and feet, he has made some amazing ascents all over the world and also has many other remarkable achievements under his belt, raising thousands of pounds for charity along the way.