Who is Mark Inglis 'Unlimited'

“Imagine, you are 23 years old, trapped in an ice cave for 14 days by a sub-zero blizzard on the summit of New Zealands highest peak.

You are starving and freezing to death. You wake up in hospital to find that you have lost both legs below the knees due to frostbite.

What do you do next?

If you are Mark Inglis, you climb Mount Everest, of course.”

Mark Inglis

Between losing his legs at 23 years old due to frostbite and then going on to be the only double amputee to have stood on the roof of the world, the summit of Mount Everest, Mark has carved out careers as a scientist, a world recognised winemaker, business innovator, a paralympic athlete, trekking guide, philanthropist and a leading International Motivator.


As the only double amputee who has stood on the summit of Mt Everest, who else can truly define the often used saying, “Attitude determines your Altitude”


Achievements and Awards


  • First and only double amputee to summit Mount Everest (15 May 2006).

  • NZ 1st Paralympic Cycling Medal – Silver, Sydney 2000

  • Doctor of Natural Resources, honoris causa

  • Officer of the NZ Order of Merit (ONZM)

  • A Bachelor of Science, 1st Class Honours, Human Biochemistry

  • Founding Trustee of Limbs4All Charitable Trust

  • Patron of Cambodia Trust NZ, NZ/Nepalese Foundation

  • Internationally awarded winemaker for over 18 years

  • Ambassador for ScoutsNZ and Outward Bound