Growing up Nick dreamed of climbing Mt Everest. He was passionate about being in the wilderness, climbing to the highest peaks and feeling on top of the world. His life centered around tramping, camping and climbing- the beautiful, rugged landscapes of New Zealand were his playground, the great outdoors his home.
But at the age of 21, Nick’s wild adventures came to an abrupt halt. He was struck down with inexplicable chronic fatigue, muscle weakness and various health complaints. Over the next few years Nick’s health deteriorated until he was unable to walk unassisted and was forced to use a mobility scooter to get around.
“I was unable to walk on any uneven surface because of poor balance, and could not walk for more than five or ten minutes at a time due to fatigue. Mountains began to represent the impossible and insurmountable – a failed dream,” recalls Nick.
Nick knew he had to make some radical changes in order to start truly living again. He contacted a physical therapist and a specialist personal trainer and took a dramatic new approach to his diet.
Nick has since set up a Charitable Trust called ‘Mastering Mountains’. The purpose of the trust is to change perceptions of Multiple Sclerosis, highlight the importance of correct nutrition and exercise, and organize trips specifically designed for MS sufferers.
We are proud to support Nick in all of his endeavors and trying to keep up with what he does next!