‘The Edge of Impossible’: Story of First Quadriplegic to Heli-ski

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In the spring of 2014, the High Fives Foundation -- dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes that have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community -- gave a "Winter Empowerment" grant to Tony Schmiesing.

Tony would be the first known quadriplegic to heli-ski the Chugach Mountain Range with Points North Heli-Adventures.

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(All photos by Conor Toumarkine)

"To date, we have helped 65 athletes through the recovery process and this story of Tony Schmiesing was really powerful," says High Fives Foundation Executive Director and Co-Founder Roy Tuscany. "We still cannot believe that he completed his ultimate mission."

The Edge of Impossible

This uplifting and truly inspirational video documents Tony's journey to accomplish his life-long goal of experiencing the weightlessness of pure Alaskan powder skiing. Watch "The Edge of Impossible," courtesy of Helly Hansen.

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