Welcome to the Home of the Mountain Wheelchair!
11-year-old Ada, who last year was crowned “Junior Adventurer of the Year”, was diagnosed with M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) and became bound to a wheelchair almost overnight. All of a sudden she’s struggling to get out of bed in the mornings, is unable to go to school, and getting into the outdoors seems like a thing of the past.
This website documents the attempts of one loving parent to build a mountain going wheelchair for his daughter and get her back into the great-outdoors.
With little engineering experience, I’m attempting to design and build a wheelchair which aims to get Ada to the top of Snowdon – the highest mountain in England and Wales. Although there are many off-road wheelchairs in existence, none of them are suitable for the rocky paths which wind their way into the mountains of Snowdonia.
Although my engineering experience is limited, I’m going to give it my best shot and if it turns out to be successful then I’ve no doubt it will go a long way to reignite at least one little girl’s love of life and that in itself is motivation enough to at least try.
I started this project in September of 2017 and so far initial tests on smaller prototype wheelchairs have gone incredibly well and I’ve learnt much along the way. The image below is an early concept drawing of what the finished mountain wheelchair might look like and I have now started building the first full-size prototype.
If tests go well and the mountain wheelchair works then the next logical step will be to reduce production costs so that other people can benefit from the project too.
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