Jeremy McGhee is a trail runner at heart but says he missed his calling.
When Jeremy was 25 years old, a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from his tenth thoracic vertebra (mid-abdomen) down. He can’t walk or run, but he can mountain bike.
“If I wasn’t in a wheelchair, I’d probably be one of those ultra marathon runners,” Jeremy says. “But the cool thing about this bike is it’s how I do that. It’s how I get out on the trail and go for a run.”
Jeremy McGee is a runner. He likes to imagine running barefoot through the jungle. But since a 2001 motorcycle crash left him paralyzed, McGhee has ridden a three-wheeled, hand-cranked mountain bike. “This bike is how I run now,” he says.
BBC Sports Hour interviews Jeremy about The UNPavement.
Jeremy P. McGhee had always been an audacious athlete, as comfortable on a surfboard as on a snowboard. But after a 2001 motorcycle crash left him paralyzed from the waist down - and nearly dead - he decided to live even more daringly.
My Brother's Keeper
In many ways Jeremy McGhee is your standard California surf-ski bum. He’s got sun-streaked tousled hair and an infectious grin. He lives in a converted garage on the beach at Cardiff-by-the- Sea, where he surfs four times a week. Two years ago he completed an epic ski descent of Bloody Couloir that he’s still grinning about...
Jeremy P. McGhee's faithful black lab, Freedom, is by his side almost everywhere he goes. But not even Freedom was up for McGhee's latest adventure...
There is No Chair
On Sunday, paraplegic Jeremy McGhee will wake up at the base of Bloody Couloir, near Mammoth Mountain, and make his way to the top of the 11,800-foot peak without the use of his legs. Then he'll ski down in a sit-ski chair. He feels totally prepared and completely terrified...
Under His Own Power
Jeremy McGhee wants to be the first sitskier to ascend and descend a major backcountry peal under his own power. Sure, some sitskiers access the backcountry via cat, heli and snowmobile, but McGhee wants to get there on his own...