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Amputee Climber Takes BAÏST Gloves to the Summit of Cotopaxi (19,347’)

Voluntariosa, a short film from ROMP (Range of Motion Project) follows Sara Lucio Paredes, an amputee climber, and her journey to summit one of South America’s most iconic peaks. By Owen Clarke Photos by Santino Martirano Sara Lucio Paredes, of Ecuador, lost her right leg below the knee at a young age.  As a child and young adult, she dealt with regular breaks and other leg injuries due to a chronic disease, resulting in incessant brutal surgeries. Despite her poor quality of life and constant pain, her doctor continued to advise against amputation, telling her that she still had a viable limb. That may have been true, but Sara believed the limb was holding her back. She wanted to get on...

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