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Neil Heritage - first double above knee amputee climbs the Matterhorn

Mid Morning Mix // Explore Switzerland// Sport// Travel // July 27, 2018

Neil Heritage is 37 years old. He’s from Dorset, England, and he’s currently training to climb the Matterhorn next week.

It’s his third attempt and, if he and his team are successful, he’ll be the first double, above-knee amputee to complete the challenge.

Mid Morning Mix presenter Katt Cullen caught up with Neil, who has been training in Chamonix this week in preparation…

 

Neil lost both of his legs when he was injured by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2004. He was a Corporal in the Army at the time, though he now works as a fitness instructor. Since 2004, he's done a long list of incredible things; triathlons, scuba diving, skiing and completed a 4800-km row across the Atlantic Ocean.

His latest challenge is climbing the Matterhorn. This will be his third attempt. 

Neil talks to Katt about some of the adaptions they've made to his prosthetic limbs that he hopes will make the climb much more achievable this year, including adding crampons.  

Neil's team also includes former British Army soldiers Steve Green, Mark Hooks and four mountain guides that can find the best terrain for him to advance the fastest. 

You can track Neil's progress on his facebook page: Climb 2 Recovery.

Neil is undertaking the challenge in support of Military Charity Blesma, Military Charity for Limbless Veterans to say thank you for all the support the charity has given him since he was injured. You can support his fundraising on the Just Giving page. 

The team will start the climb on the 30th July 2018 and he expects to take 3-4 days to reach the summit.

We look forward to catching up with Neil over next week and tracking his progress. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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