I’ve been an Osprey employee for just a few months now, and I feel extremely fortunate to be in the position that I am for a multitude of reasons, including my ability to help non-profit organizations.
In September, I attended Paradox Sports’ Gimps on Rock in Vedauwoo, Wyoming. A brain-child of Osprey-sponsored pro climber, Timmy O’Neill, the organization was founded in order to help handicapped athletes participate in outdoor sports by providing the necessary funding, equipment and venues.
For this particular event, my goals were to be inspired by those athletes with primarily prosthetic limbs, eat delicious food, courtesy of Malcolm Daly, and help fundraise for Paradox. Fortunately, all goals were met. In particular, with help from both Evolv and Osprey, we were able to raise more than enough to pay for the entire weekend.
By far the most motivational and inspiring moment was when Paradox athlete, Tommy Carroll, climbed a crack with the use of a prosthetic leg and a knee that did not bend. Despite multiple falls, he topped out the climb — making me feel more inspired to climb myself, than in all the years I’ve been climbing.
Twenty years ago, Tommy was involved in a motorcycle accident, crushing the entire left side of his body. He was in a coma for three months, hospitalized for 15 months and had surgeries lasting up to 14 hours. To witness his climb, despite all odds, was something I’ll never forget.
Paradox is a unique organization that cannot survive without support from the outdoor sports community. Please visit their website, http://www.paradoxsports.org, and be inspired!