Paralympian First Paraplegic to Climb Australia’s Highest Mountain

I can’t bend over without pulling something, and this man is climbing a 7,300 ft mountain without the use of his legs.

Paralympian Sam Tait has successfully become the first paraplegic to climb Mount Kosciuszko in the NSW Snowy Mountains, self-powered and without mechanical assistance.

The 29-year-old conquered Australia’s highest mountain last month, accompanied by a team of six people consisting of some of his closest friends who hiked alongside him to help carry his gear and skis.

It took the athlete seven hours to ascend the 16-kilometre route and reach the summit.

Tait was rendered paraplegic after a motorcycle accident when he was 22. He’s since become an acclaimed paralympian in nordic events.

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