‘He’s the legs, I’m the eyes’: Disabled duo team up to hike 14,000-foot summit

Despite physical limitations, both Trevor Hahn and Melanie Knecht were determined to keep feeding their love of the outdoors.

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Knecht, wheelchair-bound because of spina bifida, and Hahn, who lost his vision from glaucoma, found a common interest during an adaptive rock-climbing class and decided to work together to experience the real thing.

“It just seemed like common sense,” Knecht said. “He’s the legs, I’m the eyes. Boom! Together, we’re the dream team.”

The Colorado natives have spent plenty of time adventuring as they work toward a planned 14,000-foot mountain climb next month.

Though they both love the outdoors, Hahn said the best part of their arrangement is making his hiking partner smile.

“That gives me purpose,” he said.

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