Karen Darke, a Paralympic Champion who has completed gruelling challenges on skis and bikes, despite being paralysed from the chest down, has received the Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture.
In 2006, she took part in an expedition that crossed Greenland’s ice sheet whilst sitting on skis using her arms and poles to cover the 372-mile crossing.
She is currently in training for the ninth and final leg of her Quest 79 project, skiing to the South Pole.
She will sit-ski with a team-mate, Iona Somerville, graduate of Scottish Charity The Polar Academy, which works with teenagers often low in belief and aspiration.
The pair will begin their exploration at 79 degrees latitude and aim to create a World and Guinness Record for sit-skiing to the South Pole.
Their aim is to explore and share the advantages of adversity.
Before she was paralysed she climbed Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn.
In 1992 she won the Swiss KIMM Mountain Marathon.
She was 21 when she had an accident while sea cliff climbing.
She woke from a coma to be told she would never walk, cycle or climb again.
The first thing she bought after six months in hospital was a race chair.
A year later she completed the Great North Run followed by the London Marathon.
In 1996 she hand-biked across the Himalayas from Kazakhstan and across to Pakistan, while still adapting to being paralysed; through the Indian Himalaya in 2005 and 2018, and across the Tibetan Plateau in 2014.