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Climbing El Capitan



    A local man begins the adventure of his lifetime on Friday.

    Steve Wampler, 42, is headed to Yosemite National Park to climb the 3,000-foot El Capitan rock.

    The father of two plans on pushing his body to its limit, by climbing Yosemite's El Capitan, a vertical peak twice the height of the Empire State Building.

    “No one can believe he is doing this, but he is,” Steve’s wife, Elizabeth said.

    Climbing El Capitan

    [DGO] Climbing El Capitan
    A local man begins the adventure of his lifetime Friday.
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010)

    It would be difficult for anyone, but for Steve this climb has its own set of challenges. Confined to a wheelchair, Steve has a chronic condition affecting his body movement.

    Relying solely on upper body strength, he will be the first person with cerebral palsy to make the climb.

    “I have been in the gym for a year and a half working out,” he said. “It will take five days, about 20,000 pull downs. I am not scared for the climb itself, but of the unknown elements.”

    When Steve reaches the peak, he says he will celebrate his own accomplishment, but he's doing it for something much greater. He's raising money for camps for kids with disabilities.

    “Basically I think the biggest reason I am doing this climb is to show kids they can do anything they want to do mentally and physically,” he said.

    Steve Wampler is trying to raise $2 million. Find out more information here.