Need some holiday gift ideas for the adaptive athletes in your life? We’ve got you covered.
1. The Adversity Advantage by Erik Weihenmayer: Adversity is one of the most potent forces in life. It shapes your character, clarifies your priorities, and defines your path. It can also fuel your greatness. Each of us faces a rich assortment of adversities every day, ranging from minor hassles to major setbacks and challenges, even tragedies. Nobody knows this better than blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer and adversity expert Dr. Paul Stolz. In this exciting new edition of The Adversity Advantage, this dream-team joined forces to offer incredible experiences and practical science to teach you how to turn life challenges into a powerful advantage. Weihenmayer, who is the only blind person to climb Mount Everest and the Seven Summits, shares his struggles on high mountains to turn adversity on its head and do the impossible. Coauthor Stoltz has spent decades decoding the human relationship with adversity and is the creator of the globally acclaimed Adversity Quotient.
2. A copy of the film High Ground: The documentary follows eleven veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who join an expedition to climb the 20,000 foot Himalayan giant Mount Lobuche. With blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer and a team of Everest summiters as their guides, they set out on an emotional and gripping climb to reach the top in an attempt to heal the emotional and physical wounds of the longest war in U.S. history.
3. Speedy chair stickers: Just because you’re in a wheelchair doesn’t mean you can’t be a hardcore adventurer! For helmets, chairs, or any other place you need to display your badass-ness.
4. Metolius climbing tape: For any adaptive climbers out there, especially amputees and sit climbers, tape is an essential part of keeping skin intact.
5. A talking watch: For the visually impaired athletes we know, a talking watch adds independence to time spent outside.
6. TRS climbing foot: For amputees who want to climb, the TRS/Evolv climbing foot is a one-of-a-kind option to improve mobility on rock.
9. The Rock Warrior’s Way: Mental Training for Climbers: Overcoming the mental barriers of rock and ice climbing is difficult for anyone. Mental training is scarcely covered in the climbing literature, yet it is as important to performance as strength, flexibility, and technique. In his unique approach to mental training, Arno Ilgner draws essential elements from the rich ‘warrior’ literature, as well as from sports psychology, and combines these with his extensive climbing experience to create The Rock Warrior`s Way.
10. A donation to Paradox Sports: What better way to spread holiday cheer to adaptive friends than to donate to an organization working to create adaptive sport communities! Donate here: http://paradoxsports.org/donate/.