Community Voice: Warren MacDonald: Fearless Climber
Warren Macdonald was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1965 and grew up in the western suburbs. From a young age, he was very active, and enjoyed catching lizards, fishing, and exploring the outdoors.
In April 1997, Warren experienced an unfortunate climbing accident, spending two days trapped beneath a one-ton boulder on a remote island of the coast of Australia. He lost both of his legs above the knee due to crush injuries. Post-injury, Warren has told his story on the Oprah Winfrey and Larry King Live shows, and was also featured on the show, “I Shouldn’t Be Alive,” which airs on the Discovery Channel.
Yet Warren’s disability has not prevented him from doing what he loves. He still enjoys rock climbing, but his primary sport these days is ice climbing. He was introduced to ice climbing in 2003 and has not looked back since. Warren holds the record as the only double-above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,895 m), as well as the only double-above-knee amputee to climb El Capitan (28,000 ft) in Yosemite National Park. He has raced in two triathlons, as well as competed in the Australian National Hand Cycling Championships.
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