Yosemite Veterans Climb Commemorating 9/11
BOULDER, Colo. — August 6th, 2019— Paradox Sports, a nonprofit based in Boulder, Colorado has been making rock climbing accessible for people with disabilities for over ten years. The mission of Paradox Sports is to transform lives and communities through adaptive climbing opportunities that defy convention. As the nation’s premier adaptive climbing organization since 2007, Paradox Sports is
committed to making the sport accessible to all by organizing climbing trips and clinics to help athletes realize their full potential. In September, Paradox Sports will be delivering their annual Yosemite
This annual veteran-focused event marks the seventh year of coming together in the meadows, under the shadows of the United States’ grandest walls, to commemorate the events of September 11th, 2001.
Paradox Sports builds communities of adaptive climbers and able-bodied volunteers, veterans and civilians, that ensures a high quality program. In the past few years, the Yosemite climbing trip has
provided a unique venue for over thirty veterans to experience one of the most incredible climbing environments in the United States.
Army, Maj. Dennis Skelton, along with professional climber Timmy O’Neill and below-the-knee amputee Malcolm Daly founded Paradox Sports in 2007 after their very first adaptive climbing clinic at SportRock Gym in Sterling, VA. Many of the participants were recovering veterans that Skelton met during his recovery at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
“Yosemite represents everything that American climbing represents. It’s a beautiful resting place. No matter what stress you have in your personal life, it melts away in the Valley,” said
“The Yosemite climbing trip is one of our Legacy programs, which provides an amazing opportunity for our veteran community to experience one of the most majestic climbing destinations in the world. As well, we build community through climbing, socializing and having this amazing shared experience, which is transformative on so many levels. Climbers return home feeling accomplished, having built new
relationships and skills that support them in their daily lives. We are incredibly grateful to the National Park Service for their support and making this program possible,” said Dave Elmore Interim Executive Director of Paradox Sports.
Participation for this program is free for military members thanks to generous community donations.
For more information or to register for other the upcoming climbs, please visit www.paradoxsports.org
About Paradox Sports
Paradox Sports is a nonprofit organization in Boulder, Colorado that provides youth, adults and military veterans with physical disabilities the opportunity to rock and ice climb. Paradox Sports strives to make climbing facilities, parks and open spaces more accessible by providing adaptive rock/ice climbing programs at iconic climbing locations across the United States. As well, Paradox Sports delivers adaptive climbing trainings based on the first ever-adaptive climbing manual, written in 2015. Through its adaptive climbing programs, participants gain self-confidence, skills and independence to engage in the outdoors, access iconic landscapes, and belong to a community that provides camaraderie, support and overall well-being.