Jeff Scott, co-founder and executive director of the Live It! Love It! Foundation, visiting with his parents Connie and Steve (and their dog Burly) at the family home on Decker Lake. (David Gordon Koch photo)

Jeff Scott, co-founder and executive director of the Live It! Love It! Foundation, visiting with his parents Connie and Steve (and their dog Burly) at the family home on Decker Lake. (David Gordon Koch photo)

Reaching new summits

Jeff Scott tackles the backcountry

Jeff Scott emerged as a leader in outdoor recreation for people with disabilities following a snowboarding accident in 2010.

Scott lives in Victoria but was recently in the Burn Lake area visiting family — he grew up here — after a fundraising event in Smithers.

The Lake District News caught up with Scott at his family home on Decker Lake to learn about his latest initiatives.

Extreme Everest

The one-day fundraising event — called the Extreme Everest Challenge, which took place on April 14-15 — simulated the toil of climbing Mount Everest.

Participants ascended Hudson Bay Mountain 18 times, a combined elevation gain of 8,850 vertical metres — equivalent to the height of the infamous Himalayan mountain.

About 60 people were registered for the event, and they clambered up the Hudson Bay Mountain on cross-country skis and snowshoes, Scott said.

One difference from the actual Mount Everest slog is that participants get to ski back down the mountain after each lap — or descend by snowshoe or GT snow racer.

Laps can also be split among several participants on a team, and there was a barbecue on the mountaintop.

“We had a barbecue at the top of the hill, there were prizes to give away,” said Scott. “It was just a great event this year.”

Backcountry ski camp

Registration fees and a raffle at the event — which is organized by the Extreme Everest Challenge Society — raise $4,000 annually for Live It! Love It!, the foundation that Scott co-founded with friends after a 2010 snowboarding accident that damaged his spinal cord, leaving him wheelchair-bound.

His accomplishments following that accident have demonstrated the resilience of the human spirit.

The foundation organizes advanced adaptive ski camps for people with mobility issues, with participants from across the country. This year, for the first time ever, they put on a backcountry ski camp, following a research and development trip in April 2017.

The trip involved travelling in a snowcat — an impressive piece of machinery resembling a tank —which towed a trailer called a Lunchbox.

The device, dreamed up by Scott and developed under his leadership, allowed several adaptive chairs known as sit skis to be towed behind the snowcat during the two-day, two-night trip.

“The cat pulls the trailer up the hill, you get to the top, everyone comes out, we ski — and then do it all over again,” said Scott.

Adaptive van

Scott was in the news in 2013 after winning an adaptive van worth about $75,000 — a Dodge Caravan with adaptions by Braun Ability — which he demonstrated to the Lakes District News during his visit to the Burns Lake area.

Using a remote control on his key fob, Scott opened the automatic sliding door and lowered the ramp, before lifting himself onto a rotating chair.

The accelerator and brake are controlled using a hand-lever, and Scott steers using a special handle mounted onto the steering-wheel — a set-up that allows him to ply the highways across B.C.

“Throttle down for gas, forward for brake,” said Scott as he fired up the engine. “Away we go.”

Just Posted

lotto max logo
Are you the lucky winner?

A $1 million ticket was bought in Burns Lake for Friday’s Lotto… Continue reading

The 2021 Walk to End ALS took place in Burns Lake on June 19. A walk around the LDSS track and a draw for the quilt made by Jenny Pirie was organized by Ronda Payne for her friend Barb Wilson. Wilson was diagnosed with ALS in 2016. The draw raised roughly $6,300 from all across Canada, with tickets being bought from as far as Ontario. Burns Lake local won Patti Dube won the draw and the quilt. The money raised will now go to the ALS Society which in turn will be going towards more ALS research and for ALS Societies to provide support to other individuals and families living with this disease. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Lakes District News)
VIDEO: Walk to End ALS held in Burns Lake

The 2021 Walk to End ALS took place in Burns Lake on… Continue reading

Grad 2021 parade through the village. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Lakes District News)
VIDEO: LDSS graduation 2021 parade in Burns Lake

Lakes District Secondary School (LDSS) in Burns Lake had a graduation parade… Continue reading

First farmer's market Burns Lake 2021. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Lakes District News)
Community Market 2021 begins in Burns Lake

Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce’s community market, which has received… Continue reading

Garden woodchips. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Lakes District News)
Greenhouse progress in Burns Lake

The Burns Lake Community Garden have a huge pile of woodchips, rough… Continue reading

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Most Read