Last September I attempted to climb The Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite. After the second night on the wall, and about 1/3 of the way to the top, my guide Miranda Oakley and I were forced to retreat due to weather and logistical problems. Although we retreated, I didn’t consider it a failure. 4 months of training for the climb had helped to improve my health, and I had gained so much experience and insight being on the wall for 3 days.
I came off the wall content knowing that I had tried my best, but I was done. After only a few weeks however, I started developing amnesia about all the discomforts of living on the wall. Instead I kept thinking about everything that could have been done better, and how much I really enjoyed the challenge. I wanted to return to Yosemite to finish what I started.
I knew I must go back. It’s an internal drive, not one that I can easily explain.
The wonderful people at Stone Gardens climbing gym once again got behind me. They immediately committed resources for training and help with fundraising. I could not make this happen without their support.
So, here we go, training again, Climb On ! I plan to return to make another attempt on The Nose of El Cap in June 2017 while raising money to help find a cure for IBD!
Please join me on this journey, and …
Never, Never, Never Give Up,