) was the first disabled person to climb to the summit of Mount Everest
Whittaker's right foot needed to be amputated
following a car accident in 1979
. Following this serious accident, he regained his strength and continued climbing.
he founded the Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (C.W.HOG) in Pocatello, Idaho
. While living in Idaho, he was active in the southeast Idaho climbing community.
His first attempt on Everest was in 1995.
On May 27, 1998, on his third attempt, Whittaker reached the summit of Mt. Everest, a lifelong dream, making him the first person with a disability to accomplish this feat.
Whittaker's current quest is to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents.
In the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours List, Whittaker was awarded the MBE.