Despite the rocky, steep terrain, Headings children and grandchildren hiked the trails of the Grand Canyon carrying his wheelchair each step of the way. Instead of complaining, they said they owed it to their father and grandfather.
“It just seemed like a way for us as a family to give back to Dad,” said eldest son Randy Headings.
Random hikers passing by were stunned, including one who said, “It’s probably about my 100th trip into the canyon and it’s the first time I’ve ever seen anything like that.”
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Howdy. I've been hiking most of my life. I spent my young boyhood hiking up and down the mountains in Hell's Canyon, bordering Oregon & Idaho with my father. He taught me important wilderness skills that I have passed on to my own sons. Since growing up in Idaho and hiking all over the Sawtooth and Selway wilderness areas, I have since hiked in the Andes and several trips diving and hiking in Antarctica, including the "Footsteps of Shackleton" expedition. I was also active in National Ski Patrol for 15 years, including Avalanche control and rescue. Since then I have become a Doctor of Trauma & Orthopaedics at Oxford England with an interest in Expedition Medicine.
My son, Jeremy is now the main hiker in the family with weekend hikes throughout the summer and will share his adventures.