8000 Meters Facts
Kilimanjaro Challenge 2004: Victory over Disability
The Team: 5 1/2 hands, 5 1/2
feet for four men - a strange combination from around the world; united by a
common history of personal adversity and a quest for a route to Africa's
- Singapore. Best known in Asia for leading the 1st Singapore
Everest Expedition in 1998, his 50 alpine and expedition ascents have
included many climbs in the French, Swiss and NZ Alps; as well as the
Andes. He summitted Cho Oyu ( 8201m ) in 1997. In 1998, shortly after
returning from Everest, he contracted the rare nerve disorder
Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and was totally paralysed for many months. Now
partially disabled in his right leg and left hand. His comeback climbs
have included a successful 2-man, alpine-style ascent of the Polish
Traverse on Aconcagua, leading the 2001 Singapore-Latin American Everest
Tibet Expedition, and a lightweight attempt on two 8000m-peaks. He is
Mountain to Climb, and Against Giants.
Paul Pritchard -
UK.Well known extreme climber. Now hemiplegic from his 1998 accident on
the Totem Pole, a sea stack off the Australian coast. Has limited control
over his right side. Paul is also known for receiving the prestigious
Boardman and Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature twice ( for Deep Play,
1997 and The Totem Pole, 1999 ). His past specialty in extreme rock climbs
on alpine peaks included a new route on the 1200 meter East Face of
Central Tower in the Torre de Paine, Patagonia. At grade VI, 5.10, A4, the
route's name, EL REGALO DE MWOMA, translates from the Patagonian native
Tehuelche Indian language, "A Gift from God".
Pete Steane - Australia.
Hails from the island of Tasmania. In 1982 he sustained a rock-climbing
accident where a piece of climbing equipment pierced his spine. He now
lives with permanent nerve damage and walks and climbs with the help of
two leg braces. A teached by profession, Pete has climbed on the rock
faces of Yosemite National Park ( USA ) and in the New Zealand Alps.
Jamie Andrew -
Scotland. An accomplished technical alpinist, he suffered
severe frostbite when he was trapped by blizzard conditions near Chamonix
in January 1999.He and friend Jamie Fisher became trapped 4000m up on the
north face of the Droites in the Mont Blanc area. Rescuers were unable to
get to them for several days and by the time they were eventually plucked
off the ridge Jamie Fisher was dead. Doctors were forced to amputate Mr
Andrew's hands and feet which had been damaged beyond repair by the
ravages of frostbite.
He became the first quadruple amputee to scale Ben Nevis in 2000.
Slackjaw Productions have
been making films for six years mostly in the field of climbing and
mountaineering. Their list of projects include the seminal Hard Grit,
Stick It, Stone Love, Blood Sweat and Bagels, One Winter, Safety in
Mountains, Meltdown - Crisis in the Himalaya and Splinter. In the process
they have garnered eighteen awards on the International Mountan Film
Festival Circuit. They have also sold footage and done free-lance work for
many TV networks.
The Kilimanjaro film team
comprises the director/videographer pair of Richard Heap ( above, ) and
Benedict Bevan-Pritchard ( left - below )
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