Quinn in her own words:
“I live in Estes Park Colorado. For five years, I worked as a climbing ranger, doing technical Search and Rescue, in Rocky Mountain National Park. To compliment the rescue and medical component of this job, I taught Wilderness Medical Courses.
Rest days…. what are those? Climbing, mountain running, triathlons, mountain biking, summit handstand and mini golf—- were just a few sports I was into. I cherished pushing my body and my mind, finding comfort in the uncomfortable.
I have a few climbing first ascents, speed records and some mountain running records all over the western US and even across the globe
In October 2017, I fell over 100 feet while climbing on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park and sustained a spinal cord injury.
I am currently paralyzed from the waist down.
Movement and advocacy for public lands was a big part of life and vocation. That hasn’t changed, I still need to be active, adventure and break barriers.
This past summer, 2021, I become the first person to hand-cycle the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from the Canadian Border to the Mexico border in 25 days.
My advocacy in public lands continues, as well as, advocacy for spinal cord research—- to improve mine and others quality of life.”
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Who is Quinn
What she does
Her love for playing outside
Her early years
Working for the National Park Service
Her journey into rock climbing
Getting her dream job
Being encouraged to do more with her life
Taking her EMT course and how all her skills combined together
Becoming a Technical Rescue Ranger and what it’s like being in the field
Dealing with a T11 Spinal Cord Injury 10/2017
Slipping and falling 100ft
Being paralysed from the waist down
Being rescues and transferred to the hospital
The transition to a new type of life and way of living
The challenges of getting back into the outdoor
Wanting to get back into swimming after 3 months
Getting an off-road hand cycle
Completing the Tour Divide in 2021
How getting e-assist helped with access
Being able to keep up with friends
Figuring out the technical side of the challenge
Taking on the White Rim in Utah a 100 mile challenge
Learning about the underlying issues and figuring out the solutions
Why preparation is key
Leaning how to calm the brain
Doing the Tour Divide as an independent time trail
Being the first hand cyclist to the the Tour Divide
Learning to calm the brain
Why sweating the small stuff is important
The magical moments from the Tour Divide
Quick Fire Questions - food, music, podcasts, mantra & mottos
“This wheelchair does not define me”
Access to the outdoors…
Keeping fit and active and what that looks like
Raising money for the Kelly Brush Foundation
2 Exciting trips planned for the future
Climbing Kilimanjaro and going to Bosnia
How to connect with Quinn
Final words of advice for other women who are going through a tough time in their life
The power of community and the power of asking for help
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