After hiking the AT, paralyzed woman takes on the Pacific Crest Trail

April 14, 2017: The paralyzed hiker who completed the Appalachian Trail is now walking from the U.S. Mexico border to the Canadian border.

Stacey Kozel didn't let being paralyzed in her legs stop her from accomplishing her goal of hiking the Appalachian Trail last year.

Now, the Ohio woman is setting out on a new adventure to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. 

Kozel passed through East Tennessee on her hike on the AT in spring 2016. She completed the 2,200 mile trail in seven months, finishing at Mt. Katahdin in Maine in October.

Kozel also returned to Sevier County in December to volunteer after the wildfires devastated the area. 

She's now hiking her way from the U.S.-Mexico border to the Canadian border. The PCT covers 2,650 miles. 

Kozel lost the use of her legs after she was involved in a car wreck. She also had a previous diagnosis of Lupus, and doctors told her the combination of the that and the wreck took away her ability to walk. 

She uses leg braces called C-braces, which are computer generated, to help her walk with her knees locked. 

Kozel says one reason she's making a new big hiking journey is to continue meeting new people along the way. 

"I don't want to live life with regrets, you know? I want to be able to know that I lived everyday. now all i have to do is walk, walk north," Kozel told San Diego NBC-affiliate KNSD.

Kozel averages about 20 miles a day. She hopes to finish hiking the PCT by November. 

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