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Nigel Vardy

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Some people call him brave, some call him mad. To face the thin air at high altitude takes a bit of both, but to Nigel Vardy, aka Mr. Frostbite there is nothing like being on a high mountain.

In May 1999 Nigel suffered severe frostbite whilst climbing on Mt. McKinley in Alaska during an extreme storm where temperatures dropped to -60C. All his fingers and toes had to be amputated, and he suffered major facial scarring. This would put off all but the few, but to Nigel, it was the springboard to climb, achieve and conquer. A few years after this life-changing episode, Nigel returned to climbing in 2002 with a successful ascent of Island Peak in Nepal.

Over the past 25 years, Nigel has climbed, trekked, cycled and bashed his way across the world, set mountaineering records and spoken to schools and businesses across the UK and Europe. Nigel continues on life’s adventure, forcing new boundaries and new experiences every day of his life. Nigel regularly climbs across the world as well as in his native Derbyshire.  For Nigel, the outdoors is everything we need.  The outdoors shows the best of what we are, what we can learn and what we can achieve…

As Nigel says – “I don’t want to die in an unused body…”.

We thought the trip was fantastic and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. Many of the other groups we passed along asked what company we had gone through as we appeared to be having a much better time than they were (their words not mine)!

Sarah and Richard, Mera Peak, 2012
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