Double amputee father crawls up Mount Snowdon on hands and knees
Double amputee father-of-two, 56, crawls up Mount Snowdon on his hands and knees in 13-hour charity climb
- Father-of-two Paul Ellis, 56, had legs removed after spinal surgery back in 2008
- Despite this, he has completed the gruelling nine-mile climb to Snowdon summit
- Mr Ellis carried out the feat to raise money and awareness for amputee children
An amputee who lost both his legs crawled up Mount Snowdon on his hands and knees – in an epic 13 hour climb.
Paul Ellis, 56, had his legs removed following a spinal injury but didn’t let it stop him tackling the gruelling nine mile route.
The father of two, of Widnes, Cheshire, wore thick gardening gloves on his hands and protective knee pads but still ended up with blisters during the 3,560ft climb.
Paul – who was raising money and awareness for amputee children – was cheered on by other climbers as he headed towards the summit with a rucksack weighing 21lb.
So far Mr Ellis has raised more than £18,000 for the charity Amp Camp.
Double amputee Paull Ellis, 56, (pictured) who lost both his legs crawled up Mount Snowdon on his hands and knees – in an epic 13 hour climb to raise money and awareness for charity
Paul had his legs removed in 2008 to treat pain he had been suffering from an existing injury
Paul said: ‘I did the first three miles in about three hours the last two miles took me more or less nine hours probably.
‘I’ve got a few blisters on my stumps, blisters on my hands, you’re putting your wrist down all the time so my wrists got quite sore.
‘But with all the support of the people on the mountain saying ‘come on you can do it’, that spurs you on.
‘People are so generous, I ran out of water twice and people gave me water and food as well.
‘I enjoyed it actually, it was a good day.
‘It’s a challenge and that’s why I wanted to do it – to raise awareness and funds for the kids. It’s a hard challenge but one that’s worth doing.’
Incredible feat: Paul was cheered on by other climbers as he headed towards the summit
The fundraising will help six amputee children and their families to go on holiday to Tenerife
Paul camped out at the near the peak overnight on Saturday before starting the walk down the next morning – with the help of his prosthetic legs.
Paul’s fundraising will help pay for six amputee children and their families to go for a paid holiday to Tenerife.
Paul had an accident in 1992 and was left in pain and with limited mobility so chose to have a double amputation in 2008 and be fitted with prosthetic legs.
He said: ‘I went from not being able to walk at all and only being able to stand for about five minutes to going to climb mountains and stuff.
‘It’s not the end of your life if you lose a limb.’
Mr Ellis also climbed Ben Nevis with a group of 10 other amputees earlier this month.
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