The life expectancy of an active wheelchair.

Did you know the average life expectancy of an active wheelchair is about 2-3 years! Considering they cost £3500 a pop, it’s not a statistic that sits well with me. But I guess it is inevitable when you live in it every second of the waking day and take it to some of the most inhospitable places on earth.

Indeed my chair is now at the point of needing a major overhaul and it got me thinking about all the places we have been together and things it has endured. It has probably seen more work than my legs did in the marines!
Including the Himalayas, the jungles of west Papua, sandy islands in Maldives, shooting most weekends across fields, crazy DIY projects at home to name just a couple of locations and activities you get the idea.

I’m sure as many sensible wheelchair users would advice you that we should always check for accessibility in all locations when visiting somewhere other than the comforts of home but I’ve never really functioned like that. Imagine trying to plan that for a trip to the Dolpa region of the Himalayas!? You’d never go, and that’s exactly why I live by the philosophy that the chair goes where I go, I don’t go where the chairs tells me we should. I know it sounds really awfully cliché but it’s true. . . That’s why it’s looking pretty sorry for itself after only two years!

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