Thursday, August 29, 2013

Kilimanjaro x 2, Everest Base Camp x 2

Pippa Blake on her way to
Everest Base Camp iin 2007
Many thanks to Stephen Hunter at the British Columbia Mobile Opportunity Society (BCMOS) for pointing me the page where some of the great TrailRider adventures are shown.

Jim Milna generating electricity
on Kilimanjaro in 2006
This page (full of fascinating links)  
shows, along with a number of big Canadian adventures, how TrailRiders have been to some of the world's most extraordinary places. Our hats are off, of course, to the teams of sherpas who made these adventures possible.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Kilimanjaro - did a TrailRider really go there?

For many years I've allowed myself to participate in the rumour that someone once ascended Kilimanjaro in a TrailRider. I thought I should check.

Jim Milna was his name and he did go there in 2002 and he did found Climbing Over Restriction and Disability Society but the one--wheeled chair they used does not look like a TrailRider. Could be an early version though - anyone choose to comment.

Everest Base Camp is another story.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Stawell Run for Russ

 Paul Russell (local council member and police officer),
 Di O’Donnell (Grampians Community Health),
Daniel Sos (Grampians Community Health),
 Libby McMillan (Teacher Skene Stree Specialist School),
 Ryan Duffy (Parks Victoria),
Jordan Schampster (Skene St Student)
Kriss Ellis (Rural Access Worker)
Stawell (pronounced "staul") is the nearest town to the Grampians - birthplace, if you like, of the Australian TrailRider. Stawell was the scene of the Heart Challenge Run for Russ event last weekend. Once again a sponsored run with a TrailRider entry along with all the other "uprights"

The move toward a Volunteer Sherpa program is being very actively pursued at and around the Grampians by Kriss Ellis, the Stawell Rural Access worker who saw the run as an opportunity for people to see the TrailRider in action.

There is a core now of about a dozen potential sherpas in the area so when you call to book the chair ask them if there are any sherpas available.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Congratulations to Bruce!

Bruce shows off the award
Pictured here with team
member Megan Watson
Bruce Towers, who you can meet at link,was the first person in the world to complete the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker Challenge as a passenger (AKA pilot) rather than a walker.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Oxfam Australia presented him, and by implication the whole of the two Parks Victoria teams, with the Oxfam State Street Overcoming the Odds Award at the Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne Awards Night.

Suitably crazy Bruce ended up in a wheelchair after a helicopter crash in New Guinea. He is now involved in wheelchair parachuting (!) amongst other things.