Jamie Andrew is the incredible Scottish mountaineer who, despite having no hands and feet, has made some amazing ascents all over the world.
My great passion in life has always been mountaineering. At the height of my climbing career, tragedy struck unexpectedly when my climbing partner and I were caught for five days in a terrible storm after completing the North Face of Les Droites in the French Alps. The ensuing helicopter rescue was one of the most spectacular in the history of the Alps and made news headlines around the world. Unfortunately the rescue came too late for my partner Jamie Fisher but I survived despite severe frostbite and hypothermia. Later in hospital, all of my hands and feet had to be amputated. To read an article about the ordeal and my rescue click here .
Rehabilitation 1999 – 2002
After my accident I made amazingly swift progress, the story of which has been described by many as inspirational. Within three and a half months I had learnt to walk on prosthetic legs and had sufficiently re-learnt everday tasks such as washing, dressing and feeding to be able to leave hospital.
Since the accident I have been active in many sporting activities including swimming, running, skiing, snow-boarding, paragliding, caving, orienteering and sailing. But it was returning to mountaineering that was to provide the greatest goal and the biggest challenge.
In February 2004 Anna and I had our first child, a daughter named Iris. Then, just over two years later, we were surprised to discover that Anna was expecting twins! The twins, a girl called Alix and a boy called Liam, were born in May 2006. Needless to say, life is a lot busier than it used to be…
Titanium Man is my version of the Iron Man Challenge – 2.4 mile swim in open water, 112 mile cycle, and 26.2 mile marathon. All in 24 hours!