I’m Nigel Vardy, known as “Mr Frostbite” since I lost my nose, fingers and toes in temperatures of -60°C on Mt. McKinley in Alaska in 1999. I was 30 years old.
I’ve climbed mountains in many of the world’s great ranges, raced across glaciers, lived in tropical jungles, boiled, frozen, fallen, sunk and even been reported missing.
As well as working as an engineer for over 35 years, I speak to businesses and schools about what they can learn from my experiences. Feedback regularly includes words such as “enthralled”, “captivated” and “gripped”.
But audiences get more from me than a motivational story. They also get unforgettable messages about decision-making, problem-solving and resilience under pressure – all so important in today’s world of constant change.
I’ve written two books about my adventures: Once Bitten and Seven Peaks, Seven Islands.
I’m regularly invited to contribute to the media including: BBC TV and radio, The Discovery Channel, and many magazines, websites and podcasts that cover mountaineering and outdoor pursuits.
I still travel, ski and climb in my native Derbyshire and around the world. Why? Because the outdoors shows the best of what we are, what we can learn and what we can achieve.
As such, I support organisations including:
- Terra Nova Equipment
- Mountain Heritage Trust
- Buxton Mountain Rescue Team
- Ordnance Survey #GetOutside
- Kendal Mountain Festival
Fascinating facts about Nigel
Drinks whisky. Owns VW camper. Loves pies.
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