Craig DeMartino chooses between climbing and keeping his leg.

Ready for adventure. Photo by Fitz Cahall and Bryan Smith

HOW CLOSE ARE YOU, really, to your appendages? Would you give one up for a million dollars? A thousand? Less?

Would you give it up to keep doing the sport you love?

Unless you’re hard-core into black-market organ-harvesting, you may never have to face this conundrum. But, let’s take a moment, and really give it some thought. What can you really live without?

Craig’s accomplishments show that one can go without a foot or leg. What about fingers, hands or arms? Imagine clawing your way to the top of a 5-11 pitch with a simple pirate-hook and you begin to (pardon my phrase) grasp the possibilities for participating in your chosen sports even after traumatic injury. More complex instruments might give even more advantage.

Of course, assigning monetary value to arms, legs, feet, and hands might seem like a macabre exercise. No amount of money may be enough. When it comes to continuing to do what you love, however, the thrill of skiing that line or paddling that wave may transcend mere bodyparts. People with an outdoor addiction may not see a choice at all.

Prosthetic head? Not yet. Make sure you always wear a helmet.

Video created by Fitz Cahall and Bryan Smith.