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.

Mandy Horvath Climbing Pikes Peak Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Mandy Horvath climbing Barr Trail. Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett; The Colorado Springs Gazette.

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.

Mandy Horvath poses for a shot in front of the Manitou Incline. As seen here, the steps of the incline add a pattern of motion to the climb. Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette.

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.

For an in-depth read about Mandy’s climb, check out Seth Boster’s feature story covering the event on the Gazette.com.

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