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Giant 'Gloucester Tree' conquered by totally blind amputee

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Kylie Forth lost her eyesight and right leg as a child, but that did not stop her from climbing the giant 'Gloucester Tree' in the South West of WA earlier this year.

Kylie was just three years old when she lost her eyesight to a rare form of cancer called retinoblastoma.

Then at nine years old, a bone cancer called osteogenic sarcoma robbed her of her right leg.

Now Kylie is a world champion sailor. In fact, the former Kununoppin local has always loved the thrill of a new challenge.

Looking up the side of a large tree towards the side. The tree has pegs in the side of it.
Kylie Forth climbed the huge Gloucester Tree. The tree has pegs in the side of it.(

Supplied: amandabhslater / flickr


So, when the opportunity arose to climb one of WA's biggest trees, she didn't hesitate in finding her way to the top.

Kylie was holidaying in the South West town of Pemberton when she heard about the Gloucester Tree, a giant karri tree that reaches more than 50 metres in height, with pegs all the way to the top for visitors to climb.

"I didn't even know it existed, and then I found out about this tree you could climb, and I'm like, oh my gosh, I need to climb that tree," she said.

A woman in a red shirt climbing up pegs in the side of a tall karri tree
Kylie Forth on her way up the Gloucester Tree in Pemberton, WA.(

Supplied: Kylie Forth


A long way to the top

The self-confessed adrenaline junkie took on the climb by herself, feeling her way to the top.

"I was going around and around. I just kept doing that until I got to the very top and thought this must be the top because there's nowhere else to go," she said.

"You suddenly realise you can't hear anything from below anymore, and it's just you."

As the skipper for the Australian blind racing team, Kylie said it was not her first time climbing to great heights.

"I've climbed a few tall ship masts as well, which were actually not as hard as climbing the Gloucester Tree," she said.

A sign warning of a tree climbing risk
Climbing the Gloucester Tree in Pemberton can be dangerous.(

Supplied: amandabhslater / flickr


And as for her next challenge? Kylie is happy to take suggestions.

"Someone will suggest something, or I'll think of something, and I'm like, 'I wonder if I can do that?'" she said.

"I like the challenge, I like the achievement … and I love being way, way up there by myself."


Source: ABC

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