First Unassisted Wheelchair Ascent of Mt. Washington

by Tony on August 4, 2014

The Mount Washington Auto Road added yet another note to its lengthy list of firsts. According to the Union Leader two Paralympian Skiers ascended the North East’s highest peak this past Sunday during this years Sunrise Ascent. This was the first ever unassisted wheelchair ascent of Mount Washington. Tyler Walker, a Franconia native and UNH Alumni, along side 2014 Winter Paralympic medalist Laurie Stephens began their up hill battle at 3:30 in the morning. They finished their 7.4-mile trek about 6 hours and 45 minutes later, first walker then Stephens. The Sunrise Ascent is a fundraiser for the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country. For more information about the Sun Rise Ascent log on to