Conquering mountains on crutches
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Five years ago I acquired a disability and my world changed overnight. It took a long time for me to come to terms with relying on a wheelchair and crutches – especially because I’ve always been an active person. I love the hills – they make me feel alive.
In spite of the doctors telling me I would never climb a hill again, I attended a residential outdoor activities course run by the Calvert Trust. They gave me the support I needed to believe that I was capable of achieving my dream, which just so happened to be conquering Great End mountain in the Lake District. The Lake District has always been special to me, with its stunning and ever-changing scenery.
The Calvert Trust taught me to change my way of thinking, to use hours per mile instead of miles per hour, to plan routes over days instead of hours. That three day expedition was undoubtedly the most fulfilling and amazing experience of my life.
I was walking with crutches and on average it took me nearly 4 hours to cover every mile, but I was determined to reach the top. Upon reaching the summit, the sun shone, the views were spectacular and the whole team were overwhelmed with emotion at our success.
Participating in outdoor activities with such amazing backdrops is about as good as it gets, and I am now on a mission to complete all 214 Wainwrights.
Many thanks to Sandra Pryor for sharing her story and to Brett Trafford for the photos of her trip.
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