30,000 miles around the worldJan 12 06:23
Brit Andy Campbell, paralyzed 8 years ago in a mountain climbing accident, is taking a cue from Rick Hansen’s epic 30,000 mile around-the-world journey. Hansen, a renowned Canadian paraplegic, circled the globe in 1985 using his upper-body strength alone to raise $24 million for spinal cord injury research. This June Campbell will begin an amped-up version of Hansen’s trek, replete with hand cycles, kayaks, paragliders, kite-buggies and monoskis.
Every leg of Campbell’s journey will be completely unaided by any motor except for the plane ride from China to Alaska and a Jeep that will follow him as his motorized “pack mule” to carry various equipment. The trek will span 4 continents and will take 2 years to complete (he must have a lot of PTO). The first leg starts in the U.K., winding through Europe, into Mongolia and then into China. Then after a ocean-hopping flight, he’ll journey from Alaska, through the Midwest, all the way to Chile. I am so freaking jealous. Imagine all the people he’ll meet?
For years since my injury, I’ve always felt I needed to get out of my comfort zone; to put myself in situations just like Andy to feel more alive. Badasses like Andy Campbell prove we all can do a little more, as long as we find the drive. Some people may call him an adrenaline junkie, and maybe he is, but maybe he’s onto something.
Campbell has put together a fantastic site outlining his 30,000 Miles Around the World journey, including tons more information, a map and even a note from his sponsor, the one and only Eddie Izzard. And he’s looking for intrepid souls with wanderlust! Would you like to join him on his adventure? Visit the FAQs page
Check it all out @ 30,000 Miles Around the World in a Wheelchair
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Tiffiny Carlson is freelance writer and writes the “SCI Life” column for New Mobility. She's also a C6 quad from a diving accident that occurred when she was 14 years old. A lifelong resident of Minneapolis, Tiffiny has been a writer in the disability community for over 10 years and writes for several publications and blogs, as well as her personal blog BeautyAbility. Her work has also appeared in mainstream publications such as Nerve.com and Playgirl.