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Dec 30, 2015
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There's a thread with the meat of this, but I want this one to be cool pics and an update - Earth Treks climbing centers has offered to MATCH all donations up to $5K made to Paradox Sports, a Boulder based 501(c)3 that "improves people’s lives by creating physical adaptive sport communities built to inspire" - specifically through climbing.

You've seen us around - climbers missing arms, legs, use of their eyes or feet, still out there crushing it. We get a lot of support from the climbing community to run our programs and we need your help to make 2016 better than ever.

For more info and to donate, visit Paradox Sports

If you want to know more about our events, either to volunteer or participate, check out the website or hit me up at mbeck(at)paradoxsports.org

Now, PIKSHURS!!!



Paradox Athlete Jess Sporte at Earth Treks Golden and member of the Front Range Adaptive Climbing Team, 3rd place at USA Climbing Adaptive Nationals 2015 for Female Leg Amputee
Momoface
Joined Apr 13, 2008
80 points
Dec 30, 2015
Great shot of Jess Sporte crushing as always! Christina Frain
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jul 9, 2011
22 points
Dec 30, 2015
Next two events--ice climbing :-)

Paradox Ice-North Conway, NH Jan 29-31
DETAILS

Paradox Ice-Ouray, CO Feb 26-28
DETAILS
Christina Frain
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jul 9, 2011
22 points
Dec 30, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Me and the lady wandering Swallow Falls in Deep Cr...
As soon as I saw Gimps Gone Wild on the feed, I instantly knew it was you Mo, haha. Scott Baird
From Hagerstown, MD
Joined Jan 4, 2015
46 points
Dec 30, 2015
The other thread is here . Kent Richards
Joined Jan 10, 2009
81 points
Dec 30, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: So, of course, this is totally me. Naturally.
Did someone say ICE CLIMBING?!?


Look at this stud - Chad Jukes, lost his leg in Iraq and came back to slay mad ice in CO, AK, and is setting his sights on some big peaks in the Himalayas. Pic by Claudia Camila Lopez

Paradox Sports has a bucket o' feet, for ice and rock, that we bring to our events so that EVERYONE can climb.




Syd Hurd cleaning the ice off her foot - Pic by Lourdes Irizarry.
Momoface
Joined Apr 13, 2008
80 points
Dec 30, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: So, of course, this is totally me. Naturally.
Scott Baird wrote:
As soon as I saw Gimps Gone Wild on the feed, I instantly knew it was you Mo, haha.



WHOOOOOO, MEEEEE?
Momoface
Joined Apr 13, 2008
80 points
Dec 30, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: So, of course, this is totally me. Naturally.
Paradox Athlete Vijay Viswanathan, a sit-climber, on the Bastille this past fall. He's a guy with big plans in the future in the valley...


Rock Climbing Photo: Vijay on the Bastille
Vijay on the Bastille
Momoface
Joined Apr 13, 2008
80 points
Dec 30, 2015
During 2016, there will be trips and outings in the Gunks, Eldo, Tetons, Yosemite, and more. Watch the TRIPS page for details and dates.
Trips Overview
Christina Frain
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jul 9, 2011
22 points
Dec 30, 2015
In 2015, Paradox provided Adaptive Climbing Training for dozens of organizations and institutions.

TRAINING INFO
Christina Frain
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jul 9, 2011
22 points
Dec 30, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: So, of course, this is totally me. Naturally.
Kate Sawford, our resident Candian athlete, not giving AF that she not only has one leg, but that she's on the sharp end in a friggen test socket that wouldn't stay on! And you thought YOU had high gravity days...


Rock Climbing Photo: Sawford kickin' ass
Sawford kickin' ass
Momoface
Joined Apr 13, 2008
80 points
Dec 30, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Aleks
Climbing friend,

You are quite kind to promote these activities for those with less fortune. I take it that "gimp" is the most respect and appropriate way to refer to those handicapped in your country?

And what do they do when they "go wild?" Is this what would be happening when you release them onto the climbing rocks?
Aleks Zebastian
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jul 3, 2014
162 points
Dec 30, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: So, of course, this is totally me. Naturally.
Aleks Zebastian wrote:
Climbing friend, You are quite kind to promote these activities for those with less fortune. I take it that "gimp" is the most respect and appropriate way to refer to those handicapped in your country? And what do they do when they "go wild?" Is this what would be happening when you release them onto the climbing rocks?

Good questions! It's what I would call an irreverent term of endearment. Are there people out there that would get wicked offended if you were to call them a gimp? Yup. But I love it - my gimp monkey family. I would MUCH rather be called a gimp than handicapped or disabled, because I'm sure as hell NOT either one of those. And I don't think I have any less fortune than some sucker with two hands.

That's actually what attracted me to Paradox in the first place, I was born without my hand and found many of the adaptive sports organizations too touchy feely. Then I stumlbed on Paradox and was like 'whoa - you guys climb hard, try hard, push hard, party hard - then repeat? Sign me UP!!'



Whatever you do, don't google 'gimps gone wild' at work- you've been warned.
Rock Climbing Photo: Yours truly at Veaduwoo - reds are perfect stumps!...
Yours truly at Veaduwoo - reds are perfect stumps! Pic by Timpson Smith
Momoface
Joined Apr 13, 2008
80 points
Dec 30, 2015
This is awesome !!!!! I'm not missing any limbs, but i have had several joint replacements and such

Don't tell me I can't do it !!!

$$ on the way

You don't take paypal ????
john strand
From southern colo
Joined May 22, 2008
2,393 points
Dec 30, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Pablo Franck highballing in Vedauwoo
Pablo Franck highballing in Vedauwoo
ShireSmitty
From Boulda
Joined Jan 27, 2013
73 points
Dec 30, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: So, of course, this is totally me. Naturally.
john strand wrote:
This is awesome !!!!! I'm not missing any limbs, but i have had several joint replacements and such Don't tell me I can't do it !!! $$ on the way You don't take paypal ????


We're really just like snotty teenagers - tell us we can't do something, and we'll find a way to do it. Even more awesome are folks like yourself that have an excuse to give up but absolutely refuse to :) Thank you for your support, make sure you sign up for the newsletter so you can come to one of our events and I can thank you in person!

Let me check in on PP...
Momoface
Joined Apr 13, 2008
80 points
Dec 30, 2015
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Earth Treks has been supporting both in cash and in time - here, ET Golden head coach Will works with Bill Casson, a blind climber and the 2015 USA VI Climbing Champion - he's hopefully headed to worlds in 2016 to go for the gold in blind climbing! Bill also got a scholarship from Paradox Sports to go compete at the National Championships in Atlanta.


Rock Climbing Photo: Bill and Will
Bill and Will


With your support athletes like Bill can keep trying hard, even if it's TOO hard...

Rock Climbing Photo: "I'm leaking..."-Blind Bill
"I'm leaking..."-Blind Bill
Momoface
Joined Apr 13, 2008
80 points
Dec 30, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Pete Davis seconding the 2nd pitch of the East But...
Pete Davis seconding the 2nd pitch of the East Buttress of El Capitan during the first annual Paradox Yosemite Veterans' event
ShireSmitty
From Boulda
Joined Jan 27, 2013
73 points
Dec 30, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Scotty "Stovelegs" Stoveken getting his ...
Scotty "Stovelegs" Stoveken getting his one armed jugging system dialed in Yosemite
ShireSmitty
From Boulda
Joined Jan 27, 2013
73 points
Dec 31, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: So, of course, this is totally me. Naturally.
One of my favorite things that happens at adaptive events are athletes learning from one another, whether from our volunteers or even better - other adaptive folks. That's something I really missed out on growing up ('Oh god, is it normal for my stump to be doing this?!?)

On leg amputee adjusts another new climber's ice climbing foot

Rock Climbing Photo: Gear check
Gear check


At Adaptive Climbing Nationals, Paradox athlete Craig DeMartino explains the inner workings of his prosthesis.


Rock Climbing Photo: Photo by Moi
Photo by Moi


A teachable moment at our Ouray ice event:



Rock Climbing Photo: Stump talk
Stump talk
Momoface
Joined Apr 13, 2008
80 points
Dec 31, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit Party! El Capitan, Yosemite
Summit Party! El Capitan, Yosemite
ShireSmitty
From Boulda
Joined Jan 27, 2013
73 points
Jan 5, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: So, of course, this is totally me. Naturally.
Thanks guys - WE DID IT!!! In fact, we OVER did it - raising $6500 for adaptive climbing in 5 days, brought up to $11,500 with the matching Earth Treks grant. Phew!!

Thanks for all your help, here's a picture of someone (no idea who) ice climbing the Flume in a sports bra with an ice ax for an arm.


Rock Climbing Photo: A tid bit nipply...
A tid bit nipply...
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Joined Apr 13, 2008
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