Met with a boom of cheers from a nearby crowd, Mandy Horvath collapsed at 14,115 feet above sea-level. She had accomplished the unthinkable – summiting one of Colorado’s famed fourteeners, Pikes Peak, as a double leg amputee.
Starting her summit attempt late on Sunday, Mandy used her hands to propel her body up 7,600 feet of rocky elevation gain over the course of 74 hours. Despite exposure, lack of oxygen, and battered hands, she fought on, up 13 miles of rugged trail. She completed her journey Wednesday around 6 PM.
You might recognize Mandy’s name. She was the same woman that became the first female double amputee to ascend the famed Manitou Incline – a trail that climbs 2,000 feet in less than a mile.
According to Mandy, the trail up Pikes Peak was quite different. While she used a similar technique of climbing with hand steps, the Manitou Incline offered a pattern that the Barr Trail – the main route up Pikes Peak – did not.
Accompanying Mandy during her trip to the summit was Daniel Pond, an experienced climber and friend.
Pikes Peak, also known as America’s Mountain, is located outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado.