3700 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA
"Wheel chair" Bob
"The hiking and backpacking world know him as simply, 4WheelBob. Every trail he takes, every mountain he climbs, he inspires those he meets to reach deep inside themselves and take a fresh look at life. His is a story of grueling defeats and uplifting journeys."
--submitted by Gina Coomber
Bob Coomber is a lifelong Bay Area resident, having been raised in Piedmont and currently calling Livermore home.
After acquiring juvenile diabetes in his early 20's, Bob struggled with the illness and its complications. Bob became disabled after his long struggles with diabetes caused severe and irreversible osteoporosis. After multiple leg, ankle and knee fractures, Bob finally took his doctor's advice and began life in a wheelchair.
Wheelchairs can seem confining, but to Bob the chair was simply another challenge. A lifelong hiker, Bob soon began experimenting with easy outdoors excursions. Several broken chairs later, one thing led to another and Bob became a staple of local newspaper and television shows - that guy in a wheelchair who won't believe in limits.
On August 24, 2007 Bob became the first person in a wheelchair to summit California's 3rd highest peak, 14,246' White Mountain. Bob is also the first in a chair to summit two local favorites, Mt. Diablo and its companion, North Peak, as well as Mission Peak in Fremont.
Bob was inducted into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame in January, 2007. He was one of only 27 Americans to receive the President's Council on Physical Fitness Community Leadership Award in 2008. He's also been featured in every Bay Area newspaper, as well as the CBS "Early Show", ABC's "World News with Charles Gibson" and the Hallmark Channel.
All General Meetings are open to everyone whether you are a Sierra Club member or not. Meetings are held at the Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, in the Fireside Room, across from UOP Tower. Meetings are scheduled for the fourth Monday of each month unless otherwise noted. We start at 7:00 pm (except the October meeting which starts at 7:30 pm) with a social time afterwards.
We do not schedule General Meetings during May, June, and July. We hope you will find time to get out and explore the planet.