Titanium Man Challenge

Many climbers will have heard, or read, about the story of Jamie Andrew who in 1999 got caught in a fierce storm in the Alps resulting in the loss of his climbing partner. Having survived the storm Jamie had both his hands and feet amputated in hospital due to extreme frostbite. From there he underwent a major rehabilitation process learning to walk again and simply to carry on a normal life. Since then Jamie, as a quadruple amputee, has not only relearned to climb but has also pushed himself into the worlds of skiing, running and sailing amongst other activities. This year he is about to embark on a challenge that would push the boundaries of any high-level able bodied athlete – an Iron Man Triathlon. The Iron Man consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and a 26.2 mile run, all non-stop in 24 hours. As the Iron Man is a registered trademark, Jamie is calling his challenge ´Titanium Man´ after the high performance metal from which his prosthetic leg components are made. You can find out more about the challenge on Jamie´s website, including details of how to donate to the 500 Mile Charity which the Titanium Man is in aid of. You can read Jamie´s story regarding the accident and his rehabilitation in his book Life & Limb