Imagine spending two years trekking across the globe to raise money for charity. That’s a huge commitment in and of itself. Now imagine doing it in a wheelchair.
Meet Andy Campbell, the guy who really is taking on the epic challenge of 30,000 miles around the world in a wheelchair:
In June of 2012, Campbell will set off from the U.K. on a two-year, 30,000 mile adventure around the world, powered solely by his arms. He’ll make the journey using a wheelchair, a handcycle, a kayak, a paraglider, a kite buggy, and even a sit-ski, raising money to fund mobility equipment for people with spinal cord injuries around the world.
Campbell aims to raise £1,000,000 during the journey for his Chutkara Initiative, which has several goals: “To increase the accessibility and enjoyment of the outdoors for those affected by spinal cord injury by providing funding for adaptive equipment, and to enhance the lives of people with mobility disabilities in developing countries by providing mobility equipment and support.”
Of course, it takes a lot of planning and gear to get around the world, and in an interview with Adventure Journal, Campbell runs through some of his equipment: “There’s a huge amount of specialist kit I’ll be using on the trip where a normal wheelchair just won’t cut it. I’ve got a special all-terrain wheelchair that I affectionately call ‘the tank’ because it rolls over just about anything and is fitted with massive mountain bike wheels and off-road tires. Then there’s my handcycle, which is specially built with two gearsets and allows me to get really low gear ratios for tackling steep climbs and muddy terrain off-road. I’m also spending a good amount of time on the water so my kayak is another vital piece of kit.”