Karen Darke was already a keen runner and mountaineer before a horrific rock-climbing accident in 1993 rendered her paralysed when she was 21 years old. Having once claimed she would “rather die than be paralysed”, Karen has since achieved a series of challenges that most people would never attempt even with full ability. She has crossed the Tien Shan and Karakoram mountains of Central Asia on a hand bike, hand-cycled the length of the Japanese archipelago, sea-kayaked a 1200 mile length of the Canadian-Alaskan coastline, crossed the Indian Himalaya by hand-cycle and made a record-breaking 600 kilometre crossing of the Greenland ice cap on a sit-ski. She has recently returned from sea-kayaking to the San Rafael glacier in Patagonia, and is about to start her lecture tour, ‘If You Fall’, about her experiences. Karen joins Sheila to discuss her adventures and just what motivates her to attempt such challenges.
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