The Active Amputee - The sponsored climb

Training hard for a sponsored climb in January 2019.
Training hard for a sponsored climb in January 2019.

Seeing The Year Off With A Bang

Christmas is less than two weeks away and 2018 is slowly coming to an end. I will take a little break over the coming weeks. But before I go offline I want to share some exciting news with you. Something about an event I have been working on for some time.



Raising Awareness About Disability Issues While Raising Funds For New Projects

On January12,  2019 I will take on the challenge of climbing 888m in a single day. At my local climbing wall that means 111 routes. The event will raise awareness about disability issues and shine a spotlight on paraclimbing. It will show some of the amazing things people with disabilities can accomplish. And hopefully it will encourage other amputees and people with limb differences to try out this amazing sport.


At the same time the climb will raise funds. A survey I am currently running – if you haven’t taken the survey yet, please do - clearly shows that people enjoy reading the posts on this page. Many of you would like to see more video content, others have asked for a podcasts to listen to while out and about and almost all of the people who took the survey so far have mentioned their interest in regular competitions and challenges. The funds raised during the sponsored climb will help me to meet the challenges you have put before me. They will enable me to grow The Active Amputee and offer even more high quality content on a variety of platforms in 2019, with regular video and audio content complementing the articles on the blog.


There will be multiple ways to be part of this event, either by joining us live at the climbing hall in Hereford or by supporting us in various ways from all around the globe.


If you would like to donate, please visit my GoFundMe page here.


Thanks For An Amazing 2018! See You All Again In 2019!

I would like to thank each and every one of you for being a member of the ever growing The Active Amputee community. Thanks to all those of you who have contributed articles. Without you this blog wouldn’t be the amazing resource page it is. Thanks to all who regularly come and visit this page, read the articles, comment on them. I hope you find The Active Amputee an informative, inspirational and enjoyable read. And thanks to all those among you who made me aware of new developments in the prosthetic sector, connected me to amazing amputees and supported me in other ways. It’s highly appreciated.


With these words of appreciation I would like to send The Active Amputee off to a well deserved break. I wish you all a peaceful season of Advent, a merry Christmas and a good start into the new year. I hope to see you again in early 2019.


Until then all the best.



Post by Bjoern Eser. Bjoern is the founder of The Active Amputee.


Further Reading

Fundraising in Timor Leste


My work often brings me to countries in the tropics. Sometimes just for a few weeks. Sometimes for years. And while a high-tech knee is a great plus when it comes to being active and mobile, they soon hit their limits when water, sand, mud and rice paddies are involved. A simple backup option is needed. And often this can be done locally. As it was in my case, in Timor Leste back in 2009. read more

Getting into paraclimbing


Climbing is an amazing sport. Full stop. No matter if you are into bouldering or top-roped routes at a local climbing wall, prefer pre-bolted sport routes outdoors or love the thrill of proper multi-pitch trad climbing or a deep-water solo, the sport has something for everybody. And I mean everybody, no matter if you are able-bodied (what ever that is) or not. read more

The art of letting go


I am pretty steadfast in my belief that the body is self-organizing and self-healing given the right conditions. Mind you, knowing those conditions is another thing. I had to let go of “why” this was happening to me and “what else can I do”. Interestingly, when I began to explore the option to amputate, some incredible experiences “appeared” in my life.  read more