Pec pod Snezkou - Three mountain porters carried three wheel-chaired people to the top of the highest Czech mountain Snezka within the traditional Saint Lawrence Pilgrimage today.
Horští nosiči se speciálně upravenými dřevěnými krosnami vynesli 10. srpna při tradiční Svatovavřinecké pouti na vrchol Sněžky tři vozíčkáře. Krosny z jasanového dřeva, v nichž čeští šerpové nesli své klienty, byly vybavené sedačkou, měly polštářek i bezpečnostní zábradlí a prý jsou pohodlné. ČTK Vostárek Josef
Instead of the usual load of supplies for the mountain resorts, they carried three wheel-chaired people in their wooden backpacks, specially adapted for this purpose.
"I was luckier than the three wheel-chaired people as they cannot practice sports as I can," porter Zdenek Pacha, who organised the ascent, said.
The ashwood backpacks were equipped with a stool, a cushion and a safety frame.
The ascent up the Obri dul valley lasted about two hours. The porters had a rest four times during the journey.
The porters had to carry persons weighing 35-55 kilograms plus the backpack weighing another ten kilograms.
The three mountain porters met at a race of porters in the Giant Mountains three years ago.
"Last year, it was quite a problem to find a wheel-chaired person ready to go with us. Now we already have a minor data base of those interested in it," another porter said.