A great venture started on September 16th, 2011 for disabled athletes from Paradox Sports as they climbed Washington’s Mt. Baker. In order to promote the vision of open mountain access for all, the Paradox athletes from Paradox Sports partnered up with Mammut, the Access Fund and Mountain Gear to participate in Mammut’s 150 Peaks Project. Paradox Sports is a community of disabled athletes empowering the pursuit of a life of excellence through human-powered outdoor sports. On September 27th, they will be tackling Utah’s Castleton Tower. Early next year in March 2012, they will take on New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington. These three climbs are three of the most classic and coveted peaks in the United States.
Pete Davis, Ridgeway, Colorado resident and Paradox athlete, and fellow disabled climber Sean O’Neill of Brownfield, Maine will begin the ascent on Castleton Tower tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27th. They will take the Kor/Ingalls Route which gains approximately 1500 feet over a 4-pitch climb and features a 5.10 lieback on the sandstone tower. A team of International Federation of Mountain Guides and American Mountain Guides Association guides will be climbing along with the two Paradox athletes.
These two courageous athletes have accomplished a great deal in the realm of climbing. Pete Davis was born without a right arm below the elbow. Davis is no stranger to the Castleton route as this will be his 4th trip to this peak. He has done the Kor-Ingalls, North Face and North Chimney routes. The outdoors has been an extremely positive aspect in his life, and he is determined to inspire, empower, and educate other disabled people to help them see the amazing potential they have in life, despite their disabilities, through outdoor sports.
Sean O’Neill was paralyzed from the waist down from a tragic accident. But this did not stop him from conquering El Capitan three times. He and his boulder-based pro climber brother, Tim O’Neill, love a good challenge when it comes to climbing. Sean O’Neill is hoping to pull off Castleton without a hitch as he’s been training extra hours for this climb. This will be the first time since 1998 that O’Neill has been back to Castleton.
Mammut’s 150 Peaks Project is the biggest peak project in history. Mammut celebrates 150 years in 2012 and they wanted to celebrate in a big way. The project not only includes the climbs that O’Neill and Davis will be involved in, but it also includes 47 community organized climbs around the globe. A total of 100 “Summit Tours” will be awarded through an online community campaign with the winners being sent to climb a project peak with a guide and a team of friends.
This is definitely an enormous project that will hopefully encourage people to get outside and climb more. The Paradox athletes and their climbing team, Mammut, The Access Fund, and Mountain Gear are determined to promote mountain access to everyone and build confidence to overcome whatever peaks will cross your path in life by expanding the concepts of possibility and achievement while inspiring others.
Follow the teams involved with Mammut’s 150 Peaks Project on this Web site.
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