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Backpacker Magazine – November 2010

The Best of BACKPACKER - Reader Heroes

7 subscribers who inspire, lead, volunteer, and more

[the inspiration]
Bob Coomber
We’ve seen readers overcome adversity in myriad ways, but none compares with Coomber, aka 4WheelBob on the forums. Fifteen years after Coomber lost the use of his legs due to severe osteoporosis, we caught up with him during his attempt to summit California’s 14,246-foot White Mountain Peak in his wheelchair (“Hell On Wheels,” 5/06). He summitted on a subsequent trip in 2007 and has since aspired to ever loftier ambitions. Current project: Roll to the top of 19,340-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro—and donate 200 wheelchairs to disabled Tanzanians while he’s there.

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Oct 12, 2012

Thanks for your comment Dale. I always appreciate diversity in perspectives.

Yes, it matters to me what color you are because it is going to require everyone - all races and creeds, to get engaged with nature in order to be healthier, happier, and to sustain the spaces and places we all love so dearly.

My conversation is focused so that it can inspire others to participate as part of a larger conversation to engage everyone. So please look beyond the surface and know you are not (nor is anyone) excluded in this work and conversation to connect all people to nature in the most relevant way.

Rue Mapp
Founder, Outdoor Afro

Jun 30, 2012

I have read page 96 in your August 2012 over and over again. I never write into magazines but this got my attention. I wonder if any one has looked up the word heroes in a dictionary lately. Why should color /race have any thing to do with who is out doors hiking? A whole lot of my friends don't like hiking but I happen to enjoy it. Every one is different. As soon as our world quiets looking at peoples color and just gets out and enjoys what ever they enjoy doing, it will be a happier place. Rue Mapp, who cares what color your fellow hikers are, I sure don't. Get over it.


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