TSR Fireside Chat with Vasu Sojitra
Vasu Sojitra on Summiting Denali in Warren Miller Winter Starts Now
Halley’s guest on the latest episode of TSR Fireside Chats is Vasu Sojitra. Vasu is an adaptive athlete and skier who lost one of his legs due to a blood infection when he was only 9 months old. He fell in love with skiing at age 10 and has been killing it on and off the slopes ever since. This year was part of a featured segment in this year’s Warren Miller film, “Winter Starts Now“. Vasu and the Warren Miller crew climbed and skied Denali in Alaska. Denali is the tallest mountain in North America at 20,310 feet!
One Step At A Time
How did Vasu climb North America’s tallest peak? The same way anyone else does. One step a time. He and a crew of five others spent a total of 17 days on the glacier. Fifteen of those were against gravity meaning heading higher in elevation and two days to get all the way back down. The way back down also happened to be the first adaptive ski decent of Denali. Vasu and Halley get into the logistics of the trip on everything from how much gear they we’re carrying to having a hotdog party at 14,000 feet. Definitely listen to the whole interview to get more insight into this awesome dude’s experience with Warren Miller and his other endeavors. And keep an eye out for the full segment in the Warren Miller film, “Winter Starts Now”.
Coming down from such an expedition can be kind of a letdown. But Vasu has plenty to keep him busy. Also an avid trail runner, skateboarder and member of the US National Amputee Soccer Team. He’ll also be continuing to shred all winter long in Montana where he was just added to Big Sky’s roster of athlete ambassadors. He will also continue to give back. Vasu’s passion is leading the way forward for representation in front of and behind the lens for other adaptive athletes, women and people of color. You can keep track of Vasu this winter by following him on Instagram @vasu_sojitra and get involved with his advocacy and learn more by following @outdoorfuture and @inclusiveoutdoorsproject. We’ll see you virtually fireside next time Snow Reporters!