February 25, 2021 12:00 am Los Angeles
For 28 years, Vasu Sojitra has navigated life with one leg, after an amputation that occurred when he was only 9 months old. Now 29, Vasu is one of the top adaptive athletes and backcountry skiers in the world, known for putting down First Disabled Descents (FDDs). However, that’s not where he stops. His true passion lies in making the outdoors accessible to all. He has coined his approach to backcountry skiing as “ninjasticking,” and uses this to bring intersectionality to the outdoor space. In the final installment of this season’s Alpenglow Sports Winter Speaker Series, Sojitra’s show Reclaiming Disability in the Outdoors: What Does Ninjasticking Really Mean? will look at this in-depth, as well as how reclaiming and breaking down stigmas that come with a disability can change how transformation of outdoor spaces are viewed, welcomed, and celebrated. Streamed through Wildbound Live Virtual Venue, registration is required. Info: free, 7 to 9 p.m., alpenglowsports.com.