American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

United States, California—Yosemite, El Capitan Climbed by a Paraplegic

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  • Publication Year: 1990

El Capitan Climbed by a Paraplegic. Mark Wellman, whose fall on another Yosemite climb in 1982 rendered him a paraplegic with paralyzed legs, completed the climb of the Nose on El Capitan with Mike Corbett on July 26. He had to inch himself up with the use only of his arms. The pair had temperatures up to 100° F and very strong gusts of wind. They took nine days on the climb, starting on July 18. They climbed 300 feet on the last day from Chickehead Ledge.

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