Paradox Sports and Yosemite National Park Host Historic Veterans Climb to Commemorate Sept. 11

Author:
Updated:
Original:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Sidni Giordano

Public Relations Director

sidni@paradoxsports.org

Paradox Sports logo

Paradox Sports and Yosemite National Park Host Historic Veterans Climb to Commemorate Sept. 11

Boulder, CO (August 16, 2013)– Paradox Sports has partnered with Yosemite National Park to host a historic climbing event that will feature 30 U.S. veterans summiting various rock formations throughout the Valley on Sept. 11, including a team of three that will make the first ever all-veteran adaptive ascent of El Capitan.

The event, which takes place Sept. 9-12, will also include hiking and yoga clinics, as well as a trail building project in conjunction with the Park Service. Participants range in experience and adaptive needs, including PTSD, below and above the knee amputees, blindness, TBI, etc. Professional climbers Timmy O’Neill, Conrad Anker and Heidi Wirtz will guide the veterans as they ascend some of the most iconic walls in American rock climbing.

“The aim of Paradox Sports is to provide personal, positive transformation through wilderness immersion and the elective challenge of hiking and climbing,” said O’Neill, executive director of Paradox Sports.

This marks the one-year anniversary of Paradox Sports’ inaugural veterans climb, which occurred on Sept. 11, 2012 when Paradox conquered the 13,770-foot Grand Teton in Wyoming with a group of disabled Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. That trip inspired a series of veteran-specific climbs, which are now a permanent component of Paradox Sports’ programming.

This year, Mike Kirby, Chad Jukes and Skiy Detray will make the first ever all-veteran adaptive ascent of El Capitan. Kirby, an experienced Army Ranger who served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Chad Jukes, a 29-year-old amputee who had his right leg below the knee removed after an IED detonated underneath his security convoy in Northern Iraq, both took part in the inaugural Teton climb. Jukes was also one of the 11 veterans featured in High Ground, an award-winning documentary about their 20,000-foot ascent of a Himalayan Peak. Detray, who served three tours during his career in the Air Force, has claimed 30 ascents of El Capitan, including multiple speed records.

This program is made possible through grants received by Marmot. Participation in the program -- which uses donations to pay for all meals, guiding services and equipment for athletes -- is open to all veterans. For more information or to register for the upcoming climbs, please visit http://paradoxsports.org.

###

Paradox Sports is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that improves the lives of people with physical disabilities by creating an adaptive sport community built to inspire. More information can be found at www.paradoxsports.org, or on their Facebook page.

Related

Paradox Sports logo

Paradox Sports Announces Fifth Annual Paradox Ice Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Sidni Giordano Director of Public Relations sidni@paradoxsports.org Paradox Sports Announces Fifth Annual Paradox Ice Events Boulder, CO (Dec. 10, 2013)– Paradox Sports is pleased to announce that the fifth annual Paradox Ice events will take place ...read more

The North Face Launches Initiative with Paradox Sports to Enhance Climbing Accessibility

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Mar. 22, 2017— The North Face, the global leader in outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, officially announces their national sponsorship of Paradox Sports’ Adaptive Climbing Initiative. With a goal of making climbing gyms across the U.S. accessible to people ...read more

native logo

Native Eyewear and Paradox Sports Create Unique Partnership

For Immediate Release: Media Contact: Todd Walton The Walton Works 970.260.9283 todd@thewaltonworks.com Native Eyewear and Paradox Sports Create Unique Partnership  Denver, CO (May 1, 2013) - Native Eyewear and Paradox Sports have officially joined forces and created a ...read more

Paradox Sports Announces Restructuring, New Board of Directors

For Immediate ReleaseMedia contact:Malcolm DalyExecutive Director303 • 909 • 6067www.paradoxsports.orgmdaly@paradoxsports.org Paradox Sports Announces Restructuring, New Board of DirectorsParadox Sports restructures their operations, organization and creates new board of ...read more

evolv logo

Evolv Footwear Grows Climbing Ambassador Team Adding Alex Johnson

For Immediate Release: Media Contact: Todd Walton The Walton Workstodd@thewaltonworks.com 970.260.9283 Evolv Footwear Grows Climbing Ambassador Team Adding Alex Johnson Buena Park, CA (February 26, 2014) - Footwear manufacturer Evolv Sports announced today the addition of Alex ...read more

FullSizeRender

Marmot Ambassador Chad Jukes Raises Awareness for PTSD and Veterans by Climbing Everest’s North Ridge

Rohnert Park (CA): On December 17, 2006, Staff Sergeant Chad Jukes (32) was a gun truck commander on a convoy in northern Iraq when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED). The explosion severely damaged Chad’s right foot, ultimately forcing him to make a ...read more

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 11.51.17 AM

CLIF Bar CrossVegas Hosts Meet the Pros Event on Sept. 15, 2015 at Monte Carlo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

LONGMONT, COLO. (Aug. 31, 2015) – CLIF Bar CrossVegas, a Telenet UCI World Cup Cyclocross race hosts “Meet the Pros” on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. inside The Pub at the Monte Carlo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (3770 Las Vegas Blvd.). The event, free and open to the ...read more

Momentum Indoor Climbing’s Youth Team Places Second 2016 USA Climbing Sport & Speed Youth National Championships

SALT LAKE CITY (July 27, 2016) – Momentum Indoor Climbing announces that seven Team Momentum athletes had top finishes in their age categories at the USA Climbing Sport & Speed Youth National Championships held in Atlanta, Georgia on July 14-17, 2016. Their results earned the ...read more

SkratchLabsLogo

Skratch Labs Partners with USA Climbing

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Todd Walton The Walton Workstodd@thewaltonworks.com 970.260.9283 Skratch Labs Partners with USA Climbing Company brings all-natural hydration solution to one of the country’s fastest growing sports. Boulder, CO (January 14, 2014) - Skratch ...read more