Massive mountain freerider Fabian Lentsch, 29, shared on Instagram yesterday how his life has been turned the other way up following a paragliding accident within the Himalayas that has left him wheelchair-bound and in hospital for eleven weeks.
Austrian Lentsch, a Purple Bull athlete, was on a three-month journey to India to study yoga, journey, trek, and scout some ski strains when a routine paragliding flight turned dangerous. Following spinal surgical procedure, the freeskier is now relearning to stroll and following a strict each day coaching program to construct again energy, stability, and motion in his ft.
It’s tough to foretell the outcomes of these kinds of accidents, though in accordance with Lentsch, making fast progress in a brief time period is an effective indicator.
At the moment I‘m counting my eleventh week in -by now- the fourth hospital. Sadly up to now it’s additionally the eleventh week being pressured right into a wheelchair.
It began like so many journeys up to now. I needed to remain three months in India, study Yoga for 2 months and in between spending a month within the mighty Himalayas. Touring, trekking and performing some analysis for a future snowboarding challenge. Simply once I thought how this journey couldn’t get any higher, in the future, out of the blue, the whole lot modified right away. I crashed with my paraglider throughout a routine flight and instantly couldn’t transfer my legs like I used to. My hand was severely damaged and the entire physique damage like I’ve by no means skilled and even imagined earlier than. Getting a helicopter rescue on this extraordinarily distant area with very restricted reception appeared fairly unattainable however in some way, Mara who was touring with me, pulled off a miracle. It took them 4 very painful hours within the warmth for the heli to reach, flying me one hour to a really rudimentary hospital the place we sadly acquired caught for 3 days with none remedy. The CT scan confirmed an exploded vertebra in my decrease again narrowing the spinal cord from 12 to 9mm. Dangerous information since I nonetheless hoped for a damaged pelvic or hip which may have restricted my actions. At the very least it appeared to be an incomplete spinal cord injury and a few of my muscle groups above the knees have been nonetheless working. Then it was all about attending to New Delhi as quickly as attainable to have surgical procedure on my spine. A in all probability false, non repeatable covid check and another elements like being caught in a navy non-fly zone made it very tough to get out of there. After mendacity in a single place for 3 days the Indian Airforce lastly, after a lot forwards and backwards, managed to fly us to Delhi. 80 powerful hours because the accident I used to be in good medical care and acquired my spine surgical procedure the identical day. I’ve to thank a full checklist of individuals (incl. my mother and father, the Austrian embassy, the workforce at Purple Bull, my agent Karin, my outdated and new native buddies and naturally Mara for being on my aspect throughout all of this) who all have put in numerous hours to get me out of there. I can’t thank everybody sufficient.
Fabian Lentsch grew up on the slopes in Innsbruck, Austria. When he was 15 years outdated, he gained the primary two freeskiing competitions he entered, setting the course for his life.
Fabian went on to compete in quite a few competitions and secured a string of podium finishes earlier than securing a spot on the Freeride World Tour in 2015. Quickly after this accomplishment, Fabian determined to take a break from competitors to focus on exploring new areas and documenting his travels. His first movie, Passenger, was launched in late 2015 and he’s barely stopped touring since.
Alongside longtime good friend Markus Ascher, he’s traveled to Greece, Georgia, and Iran in pursuit of excellent powder and newfound cultural experiences. Snowmads: A Journey In direction of Jap Suns in 2016 was the primary of 4 (up to now) Snowmads movies showcasing his nomadic adventures in a transformed hearth truck. Since then he’s launched Ya Mas – Snowmads in Greece (2017), Snowmads – Sense of Dwelling (2019), and Snowmads – A International Native (2022).