It's not what you can no longer do. It's what you can do now.
Malcolm Daly climbing in Ouray.
Photo: Kitt Daly
I read and was pondering this sentiment recently, seven months pregnant, unable to ice climb with my husband, downhill ski with my son, or bag winter Presidential peaks. I admit, I was feeling a touch sorry for myself.
Then I saw the press release for Gimps On Ice and got over myself.
Next weekend, March 8 and 9, athletes who are missing limbs, eyes, or the use of their legs will travel to Ouray’s famed park to climb vertical ice. The event is organized by Paradox Sports, a non-profit started last year to help integrate the physically disabled into the human-powered outdoor community.
The organization, led by executive director Malcolm Daly—founder of Trango, climber since 1968, and below-knee amputee since 2001—also recently announced the development of a prosthetic climbing foot in conjunction with Evolv and TRS Orthotics.
Paradox poster of Warren Macdonald.
Paradox Sports was co-founded by D.J. Skelton, an Army captain wounded in Iraq in 2004, and professional climber Timmy O'Neill, who has climbed El Capitan with his paraplegic brother, Sean.
After reading clips about some of the athletes and volunteers involved in Paradox Sports I felt inspired, not sorry. These are hardcore individuals climbing ice and rock, kayaking the Grand Canyon, reaching the top of the world’s highest peaks.
As co-founder D.J. writes in his story, “once you get over the fact that life is not supposed to be, but just is as it is right now, life becomes too easy. Deal with it and keep pushing forward.”
He's right. I'm going cross-country skiing.
For more info:
Paradox Sports: www.paradoxsports.org
Paradox Sports also will be at the Red Rock Rendezvous, March 28-30.
No Barriers: www.nobarriersusa.org
A similar organization, No Barriers will hold its annual festival July 10-13, 2008, in Squaw Valley, Calif.