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Kristoff is a professional rock climber and teaches climbing classes out in the wild. One day while teaching a group of tourists, there is an accident while he rescues a trapped climber. The next thing he remembers is waking up in a hospital bed with a stiff brace on his neck and unable to feel his legs. 

He panics and hits the call button. A nurse comes in and answers his questions as they come.

He has endured a spinal injury.
He arrived unconscious and underwent surgery authorized by his medical contact, Sven.
Due to the swelling in the area of his spine affected by the injury, doctors are uncertain if he will regain mobility. 

He mopes for the next two weeks and marks the time by when the nurses come to turn him to prevent bed sores and visits from Sven. The one morning while he is feeling particularly sorry for himself, a bright redhead pops in his door. He has not seen her before. She informs him that she is his physical therapist and the doctors have finally cleared him for therapy. 

Over the next several months, even after he is released from the hospital, he sees her every day. It comes to be the only thing he looks forward to.

“You have to picture all the things you want to do when you can walk again. You have to want it.” She tells him, and so he pictures it. 

He pictures rock climbing again. He pictures hiking to the top of new summits with Sven. He pictures being worthy of asking her out. 

Then - after nearly a year of therapy and against all prognosis - he stands up out of his wheelchair and walks without assistance into Anna’s waiting arms. 

A year after that he gets on one knee and tells her that she is the only person he has ever wanted to spend the rest of his life with. He wants a life with her. He wants her. She kisses him before he can finish the rest of his proposal. 

Six months after that he stands as he watches her walk down the aisle towards him to begin the life they pictured together forever.

Junko Tabei (b. 1939) is a Japanese professional mountain climber who, in 1975, became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. She achieved this as part of an all-female expedition of fifteen.

In 1992, after climbing Puncak Jaya in Indonesia, she became the first woman in the world to complete the Seven Summits. She is the director of Himalayan Adventure Trust of Japan, an organisation which fights for the preservation of mountainous environments.

Twenty-two-year-old professional rock climber Sasha DiGiulian is attempting to become the first woman to scale the Paciencia route on the north face of Mount Eiger. The peak in the Swiss Alps is known as the “Wall Of Death.”

DiGiulian and her climbing partner, Carlo Traversi, have spent weeks at the base of the mountain preparing for the climb. Inclement weather forced the pair to abandon several attempts to scale the route, which was first free-climbed in 2008 by Swiss Alpine climbers Ueli Steck and Stephan Siegrist. But now, with a window of clear weather ahead of them, DiGiulian and Traversi took to the mountain again on Tuesday.

Climber Could Become 1st Woman To Conquer ‘Wall Of Death’ Route

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