Paralympic Athlete Lisa Franks Lives the Van Life

The multiple Olympic gold medalist-turned-engineer shows us all the bells and whistles in her adaptive dream build.

Lisa Franks lost the use of her legs at the age of 14, but the paralympic athlete insisted on charging ahead with gusto. Within a decade, Franks’ grit and adamance had turned her into a three-time paralympian, winner of six gold paralympic medals, and STEM degree holder.

These days, the self-proclaimed nerd lives nomad-style so she can surf and mountain bike all year round.

In this video, Franks gives us the VIP tour of her 2021 Ford Transit and all the clever adaptive elements she’s added to get her from sand to loam.

Take a peek.

Runtime: 25 minutes

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Jilli Cluff

Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.


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