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Legend of conquering world's summit
13:06, February 07, 2010  


"I love mountain-climbing. Now matter whether it's easy or difficult, I just enjoy the sense of accomplishment when standing atop of the peak," said Mark Inglis. (Photo Source: 51tibettour.com)


Mark Inglis, a legend on the history of mountaineering, conquered Mt. Qomolangma with his artificial limbs at the age of 47. But this time, he lost five fingers.

The New Zealander began to write his legend when he started to climb peaks as a 12-year-old boy, then he became a search and rescue team member at the age of 18. He, 22 then, lost both of his legs below the knees in a mountaineering accident.

However, all that he has lost seems no big deal for him. "When I was only 12, Mt. Qomolangma was a holy place in my heart. I vowed to scale the world's summit one day," he stressed.

"The concept of challenge and personal excellence is an integral part of my life, responsible on many levels for how I have turned what many people would think of as stumbling blocks to the stepping stones of life." Written in his blog is his optimistic attitude and self-confidence towards his life.

Mark never thought of the question "Why are you still so fanatic about mountaineering after losing your legs?" His most concern is that "Oh, how can I continue climbing without legs?"

"I love mountain-climbing. Now matter whether it's easy or difficult, I just enjoy the sense of accomplishment when standing atop of the peak. Of course, the more difficult it is, the stronger sense I have. Standing on the top of a peak, I will feel nothing impossible for me," Mark said.

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