Paraplegic Aims to Ski Major Backcountry Couloir

Jeremy McGhee doesn’t stop trying to move forward. In 2001, a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. He still skis, kayaks, bikes. This year, in order to get to the beach quickly without having to drive his car, he invented what he calls the Surf Checker — a motorized scooter customized to hold the front of his wheelchair. And when his friends returned from a backcountry session down Bloody Couloir in the eastern Sierra, he decided he wanted to do that, too. Backcountry. Couloir. Earn your turns.

“I don’t want to be the first sitskier to do anything,” McGhee writes. “I just want to do this with my friends, eat a pb&j sandwhich at the top, and I don’t want them to feel like they need to get me there. I don’t want to be left behind any longer.