Double-Leg-Amputee Mandy Horvath's 14,115-Foot Climb Will Amaze You
The mountains in Colorado rise to incredible heights, with several of them surpassing 14,000 feet above sea level. Experienced hikers from all over the world take these "fourteeners" on, putting their bodies through intense challenges to make it to the summit. But none of those hikers is quite like Mandy Horvath.
Mandy recently climbed Pikes Peak, a fourteener (14,115 feet) near Colorado Springs, over the course of about three days. By the time she reached the summit, she was suffering from exposure and her hands were battered. Because, you see, Mandy is a double leg amputee.
Before this most recent accomplishment, Mandy received recognition for scaling Colorado's Manitou Incline, a trail that climbs 2,000 feet in less than a mile. But according to the climber, Pikes Peak was a different animal altogether. Fortunately, Mandy had some support; she was hiking with a friend and experienced hiker named Daniel Pond. Nevertheless, when Mandy reached the top of Pikes Peak after three grueling days, it was an emotional and exhausted celebration.
We couldn't be more impressed and inspired by Mandy's pursuit of her passion, despite her physical challenges. We'll be watching for her next summit!