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Karen Darke: If You Fall... - 07/05/2009

In early May, Karen Darke will be at the Galeri in Caernarfon as part of her 'If You Fall...' lecture tour. Prepare to be inspired. This is an adventurer with a difference. One who has refused to let paralysis dampen her thirst for life and the desire to live it to the full. In 1993, Karen Darke had a rock climbing accident. Hospitalised for six months with a broken back, she was left paralysed from the waist down. Karen says: "The life I knew came to an end. It took time, inspiration from others, good friends, family and a lot of trial and error, for me to figure out, and recreate a meaningful and fulfilling life."

Only 21 years-old at the time of the accident, she couldn't imagine that she would go on to cross the Tien Shan and Karakoram mountains on a hand bike, ski across Greenland, ascend El Capitan's overhanging granite-face in Yosemite and journey by sea kayak in Patagonian waters. In her show she talks about the challenges involved in pursuing adventure in some of the world's most inhospitable environments. Karen says: "If you come along to one of my shows, I hope you'll get inspired to go after your own wildest ideas, and hopefully laugh a bit too."

You can hear Karen Darke on R4's Woman's Hour in February here.

Location: Galeri, Caernarfon, 7.30 p.m. (Booking 01286 685222)

Organiser Email: rebecca@speakersfromtheedge.com

More Info: www.galericaernarfon.com/eng/welcome.aspx

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