Meet Nigel Vardy (AKA Mr Frostbite) – a record-breaking frostbitten mountaineer, author and inspirational speaker.
In 1994 I traveled to Chile in South America to take part in an Operation Raleigh expedition. I had no idea how much that trip was to shape my life. I began to look not only outwards into the world, but also inwards, questioning myself, my life and my decisions. Reflection is a vitally important part of our lives, particularly in the modern world of digital media. We run more than walk, communicate more, but speak less, and demand instant recognition for our actions.
In 1999 I suffered severe frostbite whilst climbing on Mt. McKinley in Alaska. Here was another defining time in my life. All my fingers and toes had to be amputated, and i suffered major facial scarring. At 30 I felt lost, but drew on my previous experiences to not only survive, but to thrive.
I returned to climbing within two years and returned to altitude in 2002 on Island Peak in Nepal.
I then completed a British first – to climb the highest peaks on the worlds seven largest islands. I completed this quest by climbing the Penny Ice Cap (Baffin Island) in 2003, Gunnbjørns Fjeld (Greenland) in 2004, Mt. Kinabalu (Borneo) in 2005, Gunung Kerinci (Sumatra) and Carstensz Pyramid (Iran Jaya) in 2006, and finished with Maromokotro (Madagascar) in October 2007.
I’m honoured to be recognised as –
Ambassador for the Mountain Heritage Trust
Associate Member of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team
#GetOutside Champion for Ordnance Survey
I still regularly climb across the world as well as in my native Derbyshire. The outdoors to me is everything we need. It shows the best of what we are, what we can learn and what we can achieve…