About

Sarah DohertySideStix Ventures developed the first and only damper shock absorbent crutches with attachable tips for a variety of terrains from neighbourhood streets to snow covered mountains. Researched, designed and tested “by users for users” for over eight years.

The story of SideStix goes back to a tragic event in 1973 when a drunk driver hit Sarah Doherty while riding her bicycle. Her leg was amputated at the accident. A promising young athlete, she continued to excel in sports through a local adaptive ski program which introduced her to adaptive equipment. Sarah became competent in the activities she valued by learning the art of adapting equipment.

In the early 80’s, while ski racing as a member of the US Disabled Ski Team, Sarah’s interest in climbing developed and she started adapting climbing equipment to pursue this passion. This was the beginning of SideStix.

SideStix Ventures was incorporated in 2009 and operates on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.

SideStix Ventures promotes healthy, active, adventurous exploration of the world around us, by providing joint protection and crutch tips to suit all conditions, from neighbourhood streets to snow covered mountains.

A message from Sarah …

My life changed drastically as a young teenager when I was hit by a drunk driver and lost my right leg. Prior to being an amputee, I had been active in many sports and loved the outdoors. I was determined that even though I had lost my leg, I would not lose my freedom, including my freedom of choice in recreational pursuits.

I became an occupational therapist and started to adapt existing crutches and climbing equipment to enable me to return to the outdoors that I loved so much. I had several difficult trekking experiences using marginal equipment and knew there must be a better way.

In 1984, using adapted forearm crutches, I became the first women amputee to climb Mt. Rainier without an artificial limb. The following year, I became the first amputee without an artificial limb to climb Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America.

Over the last eight years we have carried out research and development for a new shock-absorbent crutch system. Our design provides joint protection, minimizes vibration to the hand, and maximizes comfort and safety for the user over the long distance – something we know every person using forearm crutches will value.

We are now the manufacturer of the world’s best high-performance forearm crutch. With a worldwide reach and a lifetime warranty, it’s time to re-imagine what forearm crutches can do for you. Visit our store and see what sets us apart. With a thirty day money-back guarantee, you can try out SideStix risk-free!

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