On September 11, 2001 our
nation was attacked and the Twin Towers fell in New York City, my former home.
Unfortunately I had to watch
the horrific news reports from a hospital bed. The night before, while riding
my motorcycle, I was involved in an accident that almost ended my life and my
ability to walk.
When all was said and done,
and the medical staff had finished patching me up as best they could, I had 5
broken vertebrae repaired with a steel cage, a shattered knee replaced with
metal and plastic, a broken finger, and my left foot was going to be
amputated. Six surgeries later my foot was saved but would never be the same.
September 11, 2001 was not
only the beginning of a long journey for our country, but it was the beginning
of my own journey down the road of rehabilitation. I was not only determined
that I would walk again, but I would walk normally, and without a cane. There
is a Japanese expression that goes, "The journey of a thousand miles begins
with a single step". I realized that there are setbacks in life, I just never
figured that I would be setback to the beginning.
The next months were painful
both physically and mentally, which sent me into a path of self destruction.
When my rehabilitation was finished and the therapists had taken my body as
far as they could, it just wasn't enough I knew then I had to take it into my
own hands, but how?
Six years ago I read Jon
Krakuaer's book 'Into Thin Air'. The book had a profound effect on me, and now
I had my answer, Mt. Everest would be my highway to recovery.
Always looking for the next
adventure, I decided I was going to attempt to summit Everest.
This decision put my
rehabilitation efforts on a new level. I now had to make my body stronger than
it ever was, and I intended to push even harder so that soon my footprint
would be on the Summit of Everest. Last year I reached 24,000 feet, and I
intend to make an ascent this spring. Not to 24,000 feet, but to 29,035 feet,
More on Tim soon....
Sport Everest Boot has made some minor changes by adding
more Kevlar. USES Expeditions / High
altitude / Mountaineering in extremely cold conditions / Isothermal to
-75°F Gore-Tex® Top dry / Evazote Reinforcements with aramid threads.
Avg. Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz Sizes: 5 - 14 DESCRIPTION Boot with semi-rigid
shell and built-in Gore-Tex® gaiter reinforced by aramid threads, and
removable inner slipper Automatic crampon attachment Non-compressive
fastening Double zip, so easier to put on Microcellular midsole to
increase insulation Removable inner slipper in aluminized alveolate
Fiberglass and carbon footbed Cordura + Evazote upper Elasticated
Expedition footwear for
mountaineering in conditions of extreme cold. NOTE US
SIZES LISTED. See more here.
weather, high altitude double boot for extreme conditions The Olympus
Mons is the perfect choice for 8000-meter peaks. This super lightweight
double boot has a PE thermal insulating inner boot that is coupled with
a thermo-reflective outer boot with an integrated gaiter. We used a
super insulating lightweight PE outsole to keep the weight down and the
TPU midsole is excellent for crampon compatibility and stability on
steep terrain. WEIGHT: 39.86 oz • 1130 g LAST: Olympus Mons
CONSTRUCTION: Inner: Slip lasted Outer: Board Lasted OUTER BOOT: Cordura®
upper lined with dual-density PE micro-cellular thermal insulating
closed cell foam and thermo-reflective aluminium facing/ Insulated
removable footbed/ Vibram® rubber rand
See more here.