Brody is a determined individual who overcame a significant obstacle. After getting a spinal cord injury from a ski accident in 2016, instead of letting it defeat him, he worked hard to get back on a sit-ski in 2017 and received his first athletic sponsorship at Snowbird a few years later. He recognized the importance of education after his injury and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business management. As he approached graduation, Brody founded a nonprofit to connect individuals in the adaptive community with resources and equipment. Brody is passionate about helping others and is now on the program committee of Wasatch Adaptive Sports, the same adaptive program he participated in.
My values align with Stio's 'Outside is for Everyone' value because as a paraplegic, I understand the importance of inclusivity and accessibility in the outdoors. As someone who has overcome physical limitations to pursue outdoor activities, I recognize the transformative power of nature and the positive impact it can have on one's physical and mental well-being.
Balance in daily life is all about finding ways to incorporate my passions into my routine. As someone who uses a wheelchair, I know that life can be full of challenges and mundane tasks that need to be done. By making time for the things that I love, such as skiing and outdoor adventures, I can stay motivated and energized throughout the day. These activities give me a sense of purpose and allow me to recharge my batteries, which in turn helps me to better tackle the hard stuff.
I've been listening to a lot of Maribou State Radio lately. Some ambient house music, or Franc Moody if I want it to get a little bit more funky.
I believe that pursuing a life of mountain sports and adventures is all about determination, passion and preparation. My advice to someone looking to follow in my path would be to start small, focus on building strength and endurance, and never give up on their goals. Mountain sports can be physically and mentally demanding, but with dedication and practice, anyone can learn to thrive in this environment.
Another key piece of advice is to seek out mentors or role models who can offer guidance and support along the way. For me, organizations like Wasatch Adaptive Sports were instrumental in helping me rediscover my love of skiing and pushing my limits in the mountains. Surrounding yourself with a community of like-minded individuals who share your passion and enthusiasm can make all the difference.
Finally, I would encourage anyone pursuing a life of mountain sports and adventures to always prioritize safety and preparation. Whether you're planning a day hike or a multi-day climb, take the time to research the terrain, pack appropriate gear and equipment, and stay up to date on weather and trail conditions. By taking a thoughtful and strategic approach to your adventures, you can minimize risk and maximize enjoyment, all while creating unforgettable memories in the mountains.