When Jeff Glasbrenner lost his leg in a tractor accident at the age of 8, his doctors gave him a list of all the physical activities he would never again be able to attempt. No swimming, no biking, no sports. Despite his craving for competition, he listened to those orders for a long time.
And then, 12 years after his accident, he stopped listening. First he found wheelchair basketball. Then, he started biking. Finally, he discovered mountain climbing—which led him to Everest.
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Austin Murphy details Glasbrenner’s incredible story here.
To see photos of the group's seven-week climb through the most harrowing of conditions on Everest click here.
Could a radical diet propel you to the peak of Everest? Tom Taylor chronicles one man's quest here.
Want to learn more about how the Everest project came together? Sports Illustrated's editors take you behind the scenes.
Editorial Director, SI Group: Chris Stone
Digital Editor, SI Group: Mark McClusky
Managing Editor, SI.com: Ryan Hunt
Managing Editor, LIFE VR: Mia Tramz
Executive Producer, Time Inc.: Josh Oshinsky
Director of Digital Projects, SI.com: Ben Eagle
Associate Producer, LIFE VR: Michaela Holland
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