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Invictus Games champion becomes the first double above-the-knee amputee to scale the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro unaided

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Invictus Games champion becomes the first double above-the-knee amputee to scale the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro unaided

Invictus Games champion becomes the first double above-the-knee amputee to scale the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro unaided

An Invictus Games champion has become the first double above-the-knee amputee to scale the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro UNAIDED. A British army hero has become the first military double amputee to reach the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.Pte James Rose, 32, of 2 YORKS, had both legs blown off by an undetected riverside IED during a foot patrol in Afghanistan in 2009.Despite suffering with PTSD since the attack, the injured vet threw himself into competitive sports including rowing and hand-cycling. And last Oct., the hero competed at the Invictus Games in Australia, winning silver and bronze medals in sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball.Champion dad-of-one James then set his sights on the 19,341 ft high Kilimanjaro in Nov., after watching TV show Extreme Everest with Ant Middleton.Posting to Facebook about being inspired by the programme, best pal Darren Young messaged to say - "Hey, why don't we climb Kilimanjaro?"James swapped the wheelchair for 'stubbies' - bilateral prosthetics for above-the-knee amputees - and trained for six months this year.He did two hours of cardio and weight for around five days a week between Jan.

And July - and used an altitude generator for five hours a day at home.James even climbed in the Lake District with Darren for practice, managing to crawl on his hands and knees as high as Helvellyn (3,117 ft).They set off for Tanzania on Sep.

8, and began their five-day trek across - and up - Africa's highest mountain range on Tues.

The 10th.Enduring highs of 30°C during the day and lows of -10°C at night, blistering winds - and monkeys en route - James crawled on his hands and knees for 12 hours a day.On the final ascent to Gilman's Point on Sat.

(14), James climbed for 15 hours an astonishing 3,000 ft to the 18,638 ft summit.From the top, James described the panoramic view as "one of the most awe-inspiring sights that I've ever seen in my life".He said: "It looks a little like when you're in an airplane, and you're coming in to land - you can see towns and roads ahead."Well, it was a bit like that, but more beautiful, and so tranquil."The weather conditions on that last day were perfect for getting good pictures.

It was clear blue sky, so we could see for miles around."I'd wanted to climb Kilimanjaro after watching something called Extreme Everest."That night in November, I'd posted to Facebook saying that I wanted to overcome another obstacle and set myself a challenge."My friend Darren got in touch with me and suggested we do Kilimanjaro."At first, I wasn't really sure if he was serious or not.

But after he'd planned the route for a couple of months, I thought about it more."I decided that climbing Kilimanjaro would be a great way of encouraging others suffering with mental health problems to come out of their shell."In truth, the training for the climb wasn't too bad, as I'm quite fit."Last year, I competed at the Invictus Games in wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball - and won medals for them."After my experience overseas, I'd spent several years rehabilitating, and one way of doing that was throwing myself into sports."So the jump from all that to mountain climbing wasn't actually too drastic."Even the altitude training was fine."The hardest day, by far, was the last day.

We set off at around two in the morning, and climbed for about 15 hours almost non-stop."I stopped twice on that last part, and didn't think I'd get through it."I openly talked of giving up, and climbing back down - or letting the guys from my team aiding me, basically carry me."But I didn't want that to happen.

I'd set myself the goal of becoming the first double above-the-knee amputee to climb Kilimanjaro unaided."And I'm so glad I persevered - because otherwise I'd have sunk into a dark hole."As a private, James stepped on an undetected explosive in Gereshk in Helmand province, Afghan., in Nov.

2009.His right leg was torn off instantly, and - though doctors tried to save his left leg - he had two double above-the-knee amputations.James was medically discharged from the Army in April 2014, after which he married and became a first-time father. Sports were an escape from the horrors of Helmand, he said - and climbing Kilimanjaro would be "another item to cross off the list".James trekked along the ancient Marangu route - also known as the 'Coca-Cola' route owing to its popularity and relative cheapness.This path crosses The Saddle, a three-mile wide, high-altitude, semi-desert that separates craggy Mawenzi from the main summit Kibo. From the summit, glaciers, screes, cliffs, afro-alpine moorland, and forests lead down to the cultivated foothills.Accompanied by five mountain guides, he fed off a strictly high-protein, high-carb diet - mostly pasta, rice, and chicken, he said.On the final ascent from Kibo hut on the 14th, James crawled 3,000 ft unaided in 15 hours up to Gillman's Point, on the crater rim.He said: "The entire time, I was basically on my hands and knees crawling."I would be crawling up different parts of Kilimanjaro for around 12 hours a day, eating things like pasta and rice throughout the day."The first four days were regular hours - from around eight until eight."But the last day was the hardest because the terrain on the final ascent was mostly gravel - so the earth was slipping away from under me."A couple of time, I really didn't think that I'd make it."But I got my head down, had a good team around me, and got on with it."Something clicks inside you when you feel nearly defeated, and I'm relieved that I had the strength to keep going."James' ambitions are high - and plans to scale Mt Everest in the near future.

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Invictus Games champion becomes the first double above-the-knee amputee to scale the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro unaided

An Invictus Games champion has become the first double above-the-knee amputee to scale the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro UNAIDED. A British army hero has become the first military double amputee to reach the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.Pte James Rose, 32, of 2 YORKS, had both legs blown off by an undetected riverside IED during a foot patrol in Afghanistan in 2009.Despite suffering with PTSD since the attack, the injured vet threw himself into competitive sports including rowing and hand-cycling. And last Oct., the hero competed at the Invictus Games in Australia, winning silver and bronze medals in sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball.Champion dad-of-one James then set his sights on the 19,341 ft high Kilimanjaro in Nov., after watching TV show Extreme Everest with Ant Middleton.Posting to Facebook about being inspired by the programme, best pal Darren Young messaged to say - "Hey, why don't we climb Kilimanjaro?"James swapped the wheelchair for 'stubbies' - bilateral prosthetics for above-the-knee amputees - and trained for six months this year.He did two hours of cardio and weight for around five days a week between Jan.

And July - and used an altitude generator for five hours a day at home.James even climbed in the Lake District with Darren for practice, managing to crawl on his hands and knees as high as Helvellyn (3,117 ft).They set off for Tanzania on Sep.

8, and began their five-day trek across - and up - Africa's highest mountain range on Tues.

The 10th.Enduring highs of 30°C during the day and lows of -10°C at night, blistering winds - and monkeys en route - James crawled on his hands and knees for 12 hours a day.On the final ascent to Gilman's Point on Sat.

(14), James climbed for 15 hours an astonishing 3,000 ft to the 18,638 ft summit.From the top, James described the panoramic view as "one of the most awe-inspiring sights that I've ever seen in my life".He said: "It looks a little like when you're in an airplane, and you're coming in to land - you can see towns and roads ahead."Well, it was a bit like that, but more beautiful, and so tranquil."The weather conditions on that last day were perfect for getting good pictures.

It was clear blue sky, so we could see for miles around."I'd wanted to climb Kilimanjaro after watching something called Extreme Everest."That night in November, I'd posted to Facebook saying that I wanted to overcome another obstacle and set myself a challenge."My friend Darren got in touch with me and suggested we do Kilimanjaro."At first, I wasn't really sure if he was serious or not.

But after he'd planned the route for a couple of months, I thought about it more."I decided that climbing Kilimanjaro would be a great way of encouraging others suffering with mental health problems to come out of their shell."In truth, the training for the climb wasn't too bad, as I'm quite fit."Last year, I competed at the Invictus Games in wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball - and won medals for them."After my experience overseas, I'd spent several years rehabilitating, and one way of doing that was throwing myself into sports."So the jump from all that to mountain climbing wasn't actually too drastic."Even the altitude training was fine."The hardest day, by far, was the last day.

We set off at around two in the morning, and climbed for about 15 hours almost non-stop."I stopped twice on that last part, and didn't think I'd get through it."I openly talked of giving up, and climbing back down - or letting the guys from my team aiding me, basically carry me."But I didn't want that to happen.

I'd set myself the goal of becoming the first double above-the-knee amputee to climb Kilimanjaro unaided."And I'm so glad I persevered - because otherwise I'd have sunk into a dark hole."As a private, James stepped on an undetected explosive in Gereshk in Helmand province, Afghan., in Nov.

2009.His right leg was torn off instantly, and - though doctors tried to save his left leg - he had two double above-the-knee amputations.James was medically discharged from the Army in April 2014, after which he married and became a first-time father. Sports were an escape from the horrors of Helmand, he said - and climbing Kilimanjaro would be "another item to cross off the list".James trekked along the ancient Marangu route - also known as the 'Coca-Cola' route owing to its popularity and relative cheapness.This path crosses The Saddle, a three-mile wide, high-altitude, semi-desert that separates craggy Mawenzi from the main summit Kibo. From the summit, glaciers, screes, cliffs, afro-alpine moorland, and forests lead down to the cultivated foothills.Accompanied by five mountain guides, he fed off a strictly high-protein, high-carb diet - mostly pasta, rice, and chicken, he said.On the final ascent from Kibo hut on the 14th, James crawled 3,000 ft unaided in 15 hours up to Gillman's Point, on the crater rim.He said: "The entire time, I was basically on my hands and knees crawling."I would be crawling up different parts of Kilimanjaro for around 12 hours a day, eating things like pasta and rice throughout the day."The first four days were regular hours - from around eight until eight."But the last day was the hardest because the terrain on the final ascent was mostly gravel - so the earth was slipping away from under me."A couple of time, I really didn't think that I'd make it."But I got my head down, had a good team around me, and got on with it."Something clicks inside you when you feel nearly defeated, and I'm relieved that I had the strength to keep going."James' ambitions are high - and plans to scale Mt Everest in the near future.




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