AGS team member Jake pack rafting on the Moa River
Sam's first summit attempt with Adaptive Grand Slam began in the dark. Wearing a head torch and tough new toe crunching boots, she was joined by AGS founder Martin Hewitt and AGS veteran Terry Byrne as she bid to reach the summit of Gran Paradiso.
Here's the moment Sam returned to the mountains for the first time since her accident.
We did it! I’m feeling very emotional and very proud but full of energy. I've only just found out that Gran Paradiso is the highest mountain in Italy!
In places it was really tough, especially at the end when we had to climb up rocks. My arm made this part difficult but I managed it anyway. Coming down was the hardest bit as you use muscles you wouldn’t normally use.
I haven’t really worn hiking boots before so one of my big toes is a little sore, but other than that I feel great. I was most worried about how I’d react to the altitude, I live in London, so I really had no idea what it would be like. I feel fine though.
Before my injury, I wasn’t really interested in climbing mountains. This was stepping completely into the unknown. I never thought I’d be able to do it, but hope it makes people realise that life doesn’t stop after an injury like mine. There’s always a way.
Meet: Adaptive Grand Sam. She's got her sights set on Everest, after suffering devastating injuries in the Austrian mountains in December 2015.
No excuses, just one foot in front of the other, as the Adaptive Grand Slammers take on the fourth mountain in the Adaptive Grand Slam series.
The trials and tribulations faced by our Adaptive Grand Slammers in Argentina is coming to a screen near you soon. Watch this space...
We're now looking for applicants for 3 new challenges in 2017/2018.
1: An unsupported Rafting Expedition. The aim of this expedition is to descend the Moa River in packrafts, transecting the southern half of Sierra Leone, finishing at Tiwai Island.
2: Summit attempt Mt Everest. The aim of this expedition is to climb the highest mountain in the world.
3 Everest Base camp trekking team. The aim of this trek is to walk to Everest base camp and support the summit team.
Selection weekend is running from 16-18 June 2017 in Herefordshire. For more details or to apply please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're registered disabled or have been medically discharged from the Armed Forces you're eligible to apply and there's no financial cost to you!
"Reaching the top was emotional. All the training and preparation had paid off." Jacob Gardner
"I must admit I did think about turning back on a number of occasions but to come this close and not summit would have been very painful."
Listen to Adaptive Grand Slam founder, Martin Hewitt's message of thanks from Mount Aconcagua.
"It was at this point I blacked out, just for a few seconds."
A proud Kelda Wood reflects on an amazing achievement
The much anticipated phone call on Mount Aconcagua 2017 summit day