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The Characters

Kilimanjaro ­ the Characters


Paul Pritchard

An astonishingly committed and talented climber with a whole series of climbing firsts across
the world, Paul has also twice won the prestigious Boardman/Tasker Prize for his writing.

Paul Pritchard

In 1998 he was climbing on a sea stack known as The Totem Pole in Tasmania when his head was smashed in by a rock the size of a computer terminal.

The brain injury was major. It gave him severe right-sided hemiplegia (paralysis). It also has the additional frustration of being spastic as well which means his limbs move when he doesn’t want them to.

Paul spent two years learning how to walk and talk again.


Jamie Andrew

Jamie is a hugely respected international climber. He has climbed all around the world
and recorded many first ascents
in his native Scotland.

Jamie Andrew

In 1999 was caught with his climbing partner in a terrible storm for five days after completing the North Face of Les Droites in the French Alps. He suffered severe frostbite. Later in hospital all of his hands and feet were amputated. His climbing partner died on the mountain.

Has subsequently learnt to walk on prosthetic legs and again become an active rock climber. Since his accident has been on the cover of every newspaper in the UK.


David Limb

David has climbed over 35 Alpine and Himalayan peaks, but is best known in his native Singapore for leading the 1st Singapore Mount Everest Expedition. The climb captured the imagination of the entire country.

David Limb

After the Everest climb David found himself in a life and death struggle with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a very serious nerve disorder which hospitalised him for six months, at times totally paralysed and on a ventilator. He is now partially disabled from this condition and also suffers from palsy, drop foot and several other neuromuscular disorders.

Since his discharge from hospital he has returned to the mountains and in 2001 he returned to Everest to attempt its difficult North Ridge.


Pete Steane

Pete Steane had only been climbing in Tasmania for two years when he broke his back falling from one of his local crags.

Pete Steane

He left Melbourne Hospital 5 months later still partially paralysed below the waist. He walked with the aid of callipers but used a wheelchair for longer distances. Over the next couple of years he worked his body until he was able to return to rock climbing with the help of a modified calliper. He then established new routes all over Tasmania.

In 2000 Pete was involved in a road accident suffering multiple injuries including breaks to all four limbs, his neck and his face. While recovering from these injuries he was diagnosed with cancer in one kidney, which was removed.