From the lows of a near fatal broken neck to the highs of a speed record attempt of the world’s 7 Summits, this is Steve’s story.
Saturday December 13th, 2014, Steve Plain was rushed to hospital with a broken neck after being dumped in a wave at Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia. Doctors said he was extremely lucky to be alive, but were unsure if he’d walk again.
Fast forward a couple of years. Steve is not only back on his feet, but has already completed a number of significant mountaineering expeditions and is now embarking on the most ambitious challenge of his life. An attempt to climb the world’s 7 Summits, the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, in under 4 months. Or what he calls, “Project 7in4”.
Along the way, Steve aims to raise awareness and funds for the Surf Life Saving Association and SpinalCure Australia. Two causes that have had a direct impact on his life.
From the lows of a broken neck, to the highs of the world’s tallest mountains, this is Steve’s story.
Steve’s goal is simple:
Climb the 7 Summits, the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, in under 4 months.
Lying in hospital partially paralysed with a broken neck and contorted spinal cord, doctors told Steve there was nothing they could do apart from conservative management. They said the damage to his spinal cord would either heal by itself and he’d regain movement, or it wouldn’t. It was a frightening time for him.
Modern medicine is miraculous. Doctors can vaccinate against most diseases, they can cure most cancers, they can conduct open heart transplants, they even have the ability to clone people and yet they still can’t cure spinal cord injuries.
With all the advancements in modern medicine, spinal cord injuries are still just accepted as a life sentence. Why?
Prevention is better than cure and that is why Steve want to support and raise awareness for the work that volunteer Surf Life Savers do in preventing spinal injuries on our beaches and in the wider community around Australia. But accidents will always happen. For that reason Steve also wants to support and help raise funds for SpinalCure’s Project Edge program conducting cutting edge research into spinal cord injury cure.
SpinalCure’s Project Edge
Surf Life Saving Association
Everest Base Camp Fundraising Trek
A dozen adventurers joined with Hike Himalaya Adventure to trek to Everest Base Camp. On the 8 day journey to Base Camp and just prior to the final leg of Project 7in4’s 7 Summits World Record Attempt, they met with Steve to provide a little support and encouragement.
Along the way dedicated Base Camp trekkers also helped Steve raise awareness and money for Surf Life Saving and SpinalCure.
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Mt Kosciuszko Wheelchair Summit Challenge
Together with the Rotary Clubs of Turramurra and Cooma, the Mt Kosciuszko Wheelchair Summit Challenge saw kids in wheelchairs reach a height beyond their dreams.
It was an incredible day reaching the highest point in Australia with 6 wheelchair participants, and raising money for charity. Whilst this event has now concluded, donations can still be received.