Mt Hood Meadows has been kind enough to loan me adaptive equipment in order to get me out on the mountain. It certainly has been a joyful experience… RACING LIKE THE WIND! (at three miles an hour). The first couple of days were very painful and if I were not pissed off, I would have been frustrated.
It’s situations like this that you learn to accept your plight and move on with a sense of humor and grim determination. Of course none of this would be possible without the love and support of family and friends, who have lifted me to heights that I never thought possible.
Julie, Gary, Patrick Quigley and Sara Sasse have been with me to clean up the carnage of my out of control falls — literally pick up what looks like a rag doll — get my feet into the bindings, and send me on my way.
It appears that I have outgrown the loaner equipment from Meadows. I think the high end speed is about 35 mph, after that it’s “try not to die.”
Just got off the phone with Chris Witte from Enabling Technologies. They will be sending me a pair of high end outriggers to us in a photo shoot for the ALS Association. My friends and I thank them for their kind offer.
It would be nice if this disease would progress slow enough that I could be using this equipment next winter. On the other hand, I hope to contribute feedback to Enabling Technologies and perhaps be of help to other skiers who have early stages of ALS.
“Give me a pair of skis, fresh air and a beautiful woman, and you can keep the skis and the fresh air.”