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Boundless isn’t a book about expedition heroics, but one that offers a view of life’s challenges and the profound effects of wilderness. Karen’s adventures show just what is possible when heart and mind are set to something. Karen Darke was a keen runner and mountaineer, then at the age of 21 she fell from a cliff and became paralysed from the chest down. Determined not to let her condition get the better of her, Karen embarked on a series of testing adventures. Within four years of her accident she was hand-biking over the Himalaya, a 1200 mile trip that many said was impossible. Since then her adventures have included the Japanese archipelago by handbike, sea kayaking a 1200 mile length of the Canada-Alaska coastline, crossing Greenland by sit-ski, and climbing the overhanging rock face of El Capitan in Yosemite, California. Karen is currently a full-time athlete in the British Cycling squad, competing in the London 2012 Paralympics. When not cycling she works as a speaker and coach.