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Backpacker Magazine – January 2014
We asked readers to nominate the people who inspire them.
Bob Coomber, 59
He doesn’t let a wheelchair keep him from his next summit.
Twenty-two years after Coomber (aka 4WheelBob) lost use of his legs due to osteoporosis, he continues to answer the call of adventure in his 25-pound, shock-absorbing wheelchair. Though he insists what he does isn’t special: “I’m just a hiker—a slow hiker.”
In 2006, we featured Coomber’s failed first attempt at California’s 14,246-foot White Mountain Peak (backpacker.com/4wbob); he summited in 2007. This year, he attempted the Sierra’s 11,760-foot Kearsarge Pass, but had to turn back at 9,200 feet due to diabetic complications. “That trail and I will meet again,” he says. “There aren’t many places that determination won’t take me.”
Take it from me “Don’t lament what you don’t have anymore. If life changes, roll with it.”