When Vasu was only nine months old, he was diagnosed with septicemia, resulting in the amputation of one of his legs. Since then, Vasu has not looked back; with the help of his parents, brother, and friends, Vasu has built up the confidence needed to face new challenges with grace, courage, strength, humor, and unwavering determination.
Vasu witnessed extreme poverty growing up in India, and has been living most of his life with a “dis”ability. He looks at these experiences as a blessing; they have both allowed him to truly hone in on his ability to empathize with others. He continues to strengthen this muscle by pursuing his passion of helping others through his work in advocacy for those who face mental and physical limitations.
While going to school back on the East Coast at the University of Vermont, Vasu was contacted by Paradox Sports trainer and Board Member Nate McKenzie and invited to join the North Conway ice climbing event. That sparked a new relationship with Paradox. Once Vasu moved from Vermont to Montana, he attended another Paradox Sports trips – to climb the Grand Teton in the Fall of 2014. A short documentary, “A Grand Pursuit” about the trip was produced with the help of Will Strathmann in the Summer of 2015. This depicted the journey and the accomplishment of the group as well as a first ascent on crutches by Vasu.
During the winter following the Grand Teton trip in 2014, Vasu was featured in his first short documentary, “Out on a Limb”, depicting the challenges and innovations needed to follow his passion, skiing. “Out on a Limb” gained major coverage in the outdoor industry by being featured in the 2014-15 Banff Mountain Film Festival, Telluride Mountainfilm, and many more. This gave Vasu the opportunity to voice his mission to thousands of people worldwide. It didn’t stop there though. As the film gained more publicity, Vasu was able to sign on with several outdoor brands as an athlete and ambassador: Darn Tough Socks, Deuter/Ortovox, DPS Skis, Dynafit, Julbo Eyewear, Kate’s Real Food, and Paradox Sports.
With their help and many others, Vasu continues to inspire others to be a positive influence in their own communities by pushing personal limits, putting others first, and encouraging people to believe in themselves and in their own unique abilities!