Mark Inglis is a mountaineer, researcher, winemaker and motivational speaker. He holds a degree in Human Biochemistry from Lincoln University, New Zealand, and has conducted research in Leukemia.
He is also an accomplished cyclist and won a silver medal in the 1 km time trial event at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. In 2003, Inglis received the New Zealand Order of Merit as an Officer in recognition of his services to disabled people. On September 27, 2004, he successfully climbed Cho Oyu with three others, becoming only the second double amputee to summit a mountain greater than 8,000 metres (26,000 ft) in height. On May 15, 2006, after forty days of climbing, Inglis became the first ever double amputee to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. Inglis's Everest expedition was filmed for the Discovery Channel series Everest: Beyond the Limit.
In addition to being a goodwill ambassador for the Everest Rescue Trust, Inglis has created a New Zealand based charitable trust Limbs4All. He is the author of five books, two for young people and both finalists in the New Zealand Book of the Year Awards. He was recently awarded both a doctorate (honoris causa) and also the Fervent Love of Lives Medal from Taiwan. He has also created a range of sports drinks and energy gels named PeakFuel.
Over the last six years, he has given presentations to more than 100,000 youths across the world, inspiring them to embrace challenges and develop the attitude to excel.