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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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