A double-amputee from the Quinte Region says his recent trek to Mount Everest Base Camp is proof that you can accomplish anything.
John Cairns, who lost an arm and a leg in a train accident years ago, spoke to Quinte West council after returning from his 11-plus day trek in Nepal recently.
Cairns says, according to the Nepalese Tourism Department, he’s the first double-amputee to make the trek, which is proof you can reach any goal, if you’re willing to work at it.
He says while base camp isn’t the tip of the mountain it’s still one of the most hostile environments in the world.
Cairns also presented Mayor Jim Harrison with a traditional Khata scarf, which signifies the connection between his home and the people of Nepal.
He made the trek as part of his Wheelchair of Hope Foundation initiative and the trip builds on his accomplishment in 2016 of reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.