Media release 30th April 2012 - Today amputee adventurer Warren Macdonald will climb The Observer Tree to visit long-time tree sitter Miranda Gibson.
The inspirational Warren Macdonald lost both his legs after being stuck under a bolder for two days during a hike on Hinchinbrook Island in 1997. Undeterred, Warren went on to climb mountains around the world, including Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain & Federation Peak, Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa and El Capitan; the tallest cliff face in North America.
Ms Gibson, of Still Wild Still Threatened, has been perched 60 meters above the ground for over four months now, in an effort to highlight the urgent need for the protection of Tasmania’s high conservation value forests. Miranda has made the commitment to remain in her tree top perch until the forest is protected.
Warren Macdonald tours the world helping people and organizations adapt to change. He has published a book about his story A Test of Will. Warren’s courage and determination have brought him international attention, including a guest appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
From Warren Macdonald: “There is nothing more inspiring to me than someone taking a stand; someone with the courage to draw a line in the sand and say enough is enough. I truly believe that the day will come where we all give thanks for the Miranda’s of the world and the selfless work they do”.
“It is an absolute honor to receive a visit from such an inspirational person as Warren Macdonald. With his passionate belief that we all have the power to change our world, I’m sure this visit will give me new-found determination in my fight to save these forests” said Miranda Gibson.