My email back to Sam was jumbled and verbose. I rambled on about how i could not really justify the time and expense to drive all the way back up to Northern California after just getting back from the Sea Otter Classic. Weariness from being on the road and a sense of responsibility to stay home and focus on editing videos took over, causing me to almost miss a rare opportunity…
In a compelling tale, rich with images and video, Jeremy sets the stage to take a deep look in the mirror with the story of climbing and skiing, Bloody Couloir. He embarked on the adventure of a lifetime in the summer of 2012 and became the first paraplegic to climb and descend a major backcountry ski route in the Eastern Sierras…all with only the use of his arms. In 2014, he and the crew went on tour with the documentary film, sharing their story around the nation. In his presentation, Jeremy recounts the pitfalls and triumphs of his obsession with this ambitious expedition and explains how his biggest obstacles are not physical, but in his own mind. The question, he proclaims that lies at the heart of our ability to accomplish what we want in life is “How uncomfortable are you willing to get?” Hopefully you will leave wanting to take the reins of your own life and go live the adventure yourself!
With a goal of inspiring others to get off the pavement, Jeremy is teaming up with TrailForks to provide better access to nature and wild places for adaptive mountain bikers. Through TrailForks and The UNPavement trail blog, riders will have access to detailed trail descriptions, photos, videos and maps to navigate unfamiliar terrain confidently and safely.
As versatile as adaptive mountain bikes have become, they are still limited. Trail width, camber and impassible obstacles become very dangerous when a rider cannot right themselves after a roll over or possess the ability to walk their bike back to the trailhead.
When I travel with my bike, I don’t know if i can do a trail or not. I talk to locals, but its a gamble a lot of the time and I’ve gotten myself into some precarious situations out there. I have even been helicoptered out! I don’t want to ride with anxiety. Its also not fair that people i ride with and perfect strangers get put into a state affairs where they need to help me. All i need is information and all this can be avoided.
This bike has taken me on many adventures. It has gotten me off the pavement and out into the wilderness, seeing places i never would have without it. I seriously can NOT imagine my life without this new-found ability and now i want to help others find the same experience.
I started PolyGEARious with that in mind. Being able to explore obscure little corners of this world is what its all about for me...and this bike will take YOU there!
In 2012, Jeremy climbed and skied Blood Couloir, a major backcountry ski route in the Eastern Sierras...all without the use of his legs.