Paralyzed man to attempt Pikes Peak 13 mile climb in a wheelchair
Posted Sep 09 2011 1:45pm
Every year in September hundreds of people hike straight up to the summit of Pikes Peak (at well over 14,000 feet of elevation) for charity as part of the Pikes Peak Challenge .
This year one paralyzed man is taking the Challenge to the next level, and will be making the 13 mile trek in a wheelchair.
"I can't tie my shoes or button my shirt," said 42-year-old Glen House, "It's a lot of work, but it's unbelievably exciting."
House, of course, won't be hiking up the mountain trail for 7,000 feet of elevation gain in his wheelchair, but instead he plans on taking the road up to the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak where he'll have to contend with cars and traffic.
"The trek should take about five to six hours, said House, who's trained by propelling himself up hills near his home in Colorado Springs. His longest trip to date has been 3.5 miles, but he's not fazed by the immensity of the climb, because he successfully completed it several years ago in a more technologically advanced wheelchair than the model he'll use this weekend.
Still, he had a close call on that journey when his chair spun around and he almost rolled off a cliff."
"It gets real steep," House recalled. "If somebody hadn't been there, I would have gone right off the edge."
The annual Pikes Peak Challenge takes place on Saturday and is a fund raiser for the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado.