Last year at Banff Mountain Film Festival we saw Vasu Sojitra shredding backcountry ski trails all around North America on one leg. The Glastonbury, Connecticut native lost his leg due to a blood infection when he was only 9 months old. That has not stopped him from getting out and enjoying the mountains all year long. Having tried different prosthetic legs Vasu came to find that he had an easier time getting around with crutches instead. At first he would go through a set of crutches every few weeks because they just couldn’t handle his activity level. Now that he has a pair of titanium crutches the sky is the limit!
In the summer of 2014 Vasu set out to climb Grand Teton in Wyoming with a group from Paradox Sports. Lead by Exum Mountain Guides Vasu and his group all made it to the top and he became the first person to climb the Grand using crutches.
Now that it is winter again Vasu is back to skiing. You can follow his most recent adventures on his Facebook page. I also recommend checking out his website where you will find a sneak peak at an upcoming short film back home here in Connecticut climbing with our very own Denali Outdoor Climbing Guide Nate McKenzie. We can’t wait to see what adventures Vasu gets into in the future!