20,000 Pull Ups

photo | murcy

Think you're strong?  My mental definition of the word just got wiped and reset:  Steve Wampler, who lives with Cerebral Palsy (CP), just topped out on El Capitan on 17 September.  Lead by Dave Lane and Tommy Thompson, Steve had to do 20,000 pull ups as they climbed the Zodiac (V A2 5.7) over six days.  Steve was climbing to raise funds for his Camp WAMP, a summer wilderness camp in the High Sierra that gives childern with disabitites access to outdoor programs.

This strikes a real chord in me since my nephew, Gabe, is a 4 year-old figuring out how to grow up with CP himself.  I've dreamed of taking him up El Cap too.  He won't be the first - Steve just earned that title - but hopefully Gabe can grow up inspired by Steve's determination and dedication.

Nice work!