Across The Andes: Beyond Boundaries - Into The Foothills
Documentary. Ten disabled teenagers attempt the journey of a lifetime. Starting in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador they attempt to cross the 300 kilometers separating them from the Pacific Ocean, climbing the mighty Andes Mountains in the process. Despite their disabilities they are determined to overcome any hurdles and prove something to themselves and the world. And all of them know the expedition will be a rites of passage experience, something that will change their lives forever. With the exception of Expedition Leader Ken Hames, none of them have been to Ecuador before, and as they fly to their rainforest start-point their first sight of the Andes is when the enormity of the expedition sinks in. Whether dealing with snakes and spiders, struggling to get the wheelchairs through the rainforest, or just pitching camp and cooking dinner, the challenges come thick and fast. And as they struggle through the foothills these young disabled people must develop trust with each other, find ways to overcome each other's disabilities and discover the inner strength needed to ascend through some of the most grueling conditions known to man.