Patrick Chammas was born in Los Angeles, California August 10th 1987. I graduated from Burbank High School in June 2005. I was born with a passion for music and the outdoors. As a kid, it was impossible to get me to stay inside the house. I was always outside skateboarding, biking or just causing trouble. When I was forced to stay inside I spent the majority of my time playing guitar, piano or listening to music.
When I was 16 I began hiking, I don’t know what it was but this really awakened something within me. The feeling I would get summiting a mountain after miles of suffering is indescribable. I was hooked, it fed the demon in me that always felt the need to be moving. I was hiking around 40 miles a week, mostly in the local San Gabriel Mountains also frequently going north to the Sierra Nevada mountains.
What happened on May 26th 2018 would change my life forever. It was the weekend, I had planned to take the train to a comedy club in Hollywood. As I was waiting at the station to transfer trains, I fell onto the track, hit my head and was knocked unconscious for 11 minutes before getting hit by a train. I woke up in the hospital not knowing where I was or what had happened. I was in a hellish dreamlike state of mind, I thought I was being tortured in some sort of experimental medical facility. When the doctors explained to me what had happened and that my legs had to be amputated I thought that I was either in hell or dreaming. I ripped out my IV’s and tried getting out bed and fell straight on my face. After that I had to be strapped down and slowly, I came back to reality. When I realized what had happened, I was devastated. I accepted the challenge that The Heroes Project put in front of me and on August 10, 2019, I summited Mt. Elbrus (18,510 feet).