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“…I didn’t want it to dictate my decisions. I didn’t want it to run my life. I didn’t want to go down that spiral…”
A very serious motorcycle accident left Jeremy McGhee paralyzed from the waist down. He wasn’t willing to let that stop him, however, he’s still a surfer, skier and adaptive athlete. Recently, the documentary “Drop In” was produced about his ascent and skiing the “bloody couloir,” a challenge for anyone. He talks to Commander Divine about how he approaches life, his adventures and what the future holds for him. What will you be able to learn from Jeremy’s attitude and resilience? Find out by listening to this very special podcast.
Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Jeremy is a waterman. He grew up surfing and generally getting on the water whenever possible. While running errands on his motorcycle (almost exactly 14 years ago), Jeremy nearly lost his life when a motorist turned directly into his path. The collision left him helpless and bleeding in the street as his life slipped away.
By pure chance, a group of off-duty paramedics happened to be eating lunch on the corner and saw everything. Twenty minutes later, Jeremy was in surgery. If those paramedics hadn’t been right there, his surgeon told him, “You probably wouldn’t be alive.”
Jeremy first fell in love with Winter in Mammoth Lakes, but as the Summer season came around he realized how many opportunities for adventure awaited him in the warm months.
Not only does Jeremy shred Mammoth Mountain on his sit ski in the Winter, but he knows how to push the limits in the park and backcountry on his mountain bike.
Watch as he progresses his skills from park MTB riding to Backcountry MTB riding and attempts obstacles we can only imagine.
He has found that getting outside, learning new skills, and testing his physical and mental limits helps him cope with the claustrophobic feeling of being paralyzed.