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Backpacker Magazine – January/February 2010

Inspirational BACKPACKER Readers

Meet five of BACKPACKER's most inspirational heroes–they're also readers.

Cordell Andersen near Red Castle Lake in Utah's High Uintas.
Cordell Andersen near Red Castle Lake in Utah's High Uintas.

Life Changer | Believer | Mentor | Explorer | Survivor

BELIEVER

Jim Chatterton Lubbock, TX


Stroke survivor instills hope in others.


Every trail name has a backstory. Jim “Wipeout” Chatterton’s came to him on California’s Lost Coast Trail in 2008, when a rogue wave swept his feet out from under him. He was lucky not to get washed out to sea. In fact, after a stroke in 2007, he was lucky to be hiking at all. “I’m legally blind and suffer paralysis in my left leg and arm,” he says, “but I hike, though it’s slow and difficult, because I want other disabled people to believe they can still accomplish great things.” Chatterton has hiked the Lost Coast and Colorado Trails. He writes about his hikes at jimchatterton.net. 




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