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Everest

We departed the USA on March 15, 2003. Team Everest ’03 members departed from Austin and various cities across the US for the long journey to Nepal’s bustling capital city, Kathmandu. TE ’03 / CTD project director Dennis Borel was at the Austin airport, along with dozens of supporters, to see the team off. Dennis said, “Today is a …

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Scuba – Sharm El-Sheikh

Sharm el Sheikh is a resort town on the Egyptian Sinai peninsula. It’s a great place to dive the Red Sea. We stayed at the Camel Dive Hotel. – Hey, who stole my fins? – It would be easier to see if these fish would get out of my way. – That’s a Lion fish. They get over a foot long and are a …

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Bungy Jumping & Bridge Swinging

South Africa. December 2007. The seeds of my South African adventure were planted years ago when a young man named Anthony wrote me and said he found my scuba diving web pages and wanted to share something about himself. Anthony said he is a paraplegic and also likes to do scuba diving. We belonged to the fraternity of disability and …

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Sailing – Ghana

Aprodoo. I think my friend Bill and I are two of the very few people in wheelchairs that sailed on a Chinese Junk in Africa. This ship has an interesting story. Its builder had a dream, or perhaps a vision. As in the “Field of Dreams” movie, this man became obsessed with building something. In this case, it was a …

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Scuba Diving

Bonaire. That’s me in my new yellow, custom made wetsuit. Now when they leave me behind they can’t claim they just didn’t see me. – Visibility was rather poor compared to the first time I was here – 120 foot visibility then. – Belize. In addition to seeing all the beautiful fish and coral, we also had the opportunity to dive through a …

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Paragliding

Switzerland, September 2004. Peter and I are paragliding somewhere over the city of Interlaken. Peter recently placed 5th in World Cup Paragliding competition. Here the lads are putting me in the paraglider harness.The paraglider fills with air. Ahhhh, paragliding in the Swiss Alps! That’s Stepfan, my pilot from Alpine Center in Interlaken. He holds a world record for staying aloft…

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Sailing – Antigua

Tenacious 2. A Wheelchair Accessible Square-rigger. March 2005. – This is the Tenacious, under full sail. – This photo was taken by the ship’s photographer, Max. See more of his work at www.tallshipstock.com. Welcome to Antigua and Barbuda. – This was my second voyage on the Tenacious. You can see the Tenacious docked just left of center, just lower than center. I can’t think of …

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Sailing – Australia

My First Tall-Ship Encounter. December 1994 – January 1995. Say “hello” to the Golden Plover. She is a 30 meter, single rigged top gallant brigantine with seven fore-aft sails and three square sails. We found her in Cairns, Australia. These two pictures show her, first under sail, and second, at anchor with all her sails furled. These pictures were taken …

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Sailing – UK

Inventure 2000. Davin and I met up met up with Trevor in Plymouth, England. Trevor is a former helicopter pilot with the British Navy. He became a quadriplegic as a result of a skiing accident. An avid sailor before his accident, Trevor wanted a way to continue sailing. To that end, he designed a wheelchair accessible sailboat he named the …

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Parasailing

New Zealand, Parasailing. Para-sailing is more of a novelty activity rather than a sport. Although it is possible for people with disabilities to para-sail in the U.S., it is much easier to do so in other countries, as other countries are far less litigious. There were 5 of us on the boat. I was the first to go up …