Melanie Knecht and Trevor Hahn first met during a boxing lesson. Then again during a climbing lesson.
The two have since forged a special friendship. Melanie was born with spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, while Trevor lost his sight due to glaucoma back in 2014.
The two adventurers from Fort Collins, Colorado share a great passion for the outdoor life, trekking and other sports activities.
She can’t walk and he can’t see, but they decided to join forces inorder to pursue their passion for nature and for physical and mental challenges.
When Trevor and Melanie leave for the mountains, he becomes her legs and she becomes his eyes. The two complement each other and have found a way of not missing anything in life.
The idea of this collaboration took shape when Melanie told Trevor how, during a trip on Easter Island, they had given her the chance to visit certain places by going on the shoulders of other people.
At that point it was not difficult for Trevor to offer himself as a permanent companion for Melanie’s benefit: in the “partnership” that the two have formed, Melanie straddles Trevor’s shoulders and leads him along the paths the two choose to face each time beforehand.
The two have also opened a Facebook profile, though it is not fame they seek: they wish only to make their experience and their example available to others.
Their beautiful storyis one of friendship, inventiveness, solidarity and courage.
In life you never know what can happen to you, but the important thing is knowing how to react, finding the courage to put the pieces back together and move forward. Always.