Coder for hire in Vancouver specializing in Linux, Java and robotics.. and notorious for being the first quadriplegic to climb the Chief in Squamish. This blog was started back in the day to show people that climbing was possible for higher level spinal cord injuries. Looking back at it now the whole project seems even more fool-hearty than when we started. I like that. We struggled, invented and adventured for a decade but in the year 2005 we got to the summit. My goal from early in my childhood became a reality, and this glory on top of the mountain lasted for about ten minutes. We started while it was still dark and after 14 hours of climbing we had finished with just enough day light to land a helicopter safely (was too dangerous to rappel). This probably will never be repeated, there will be a cure for spinal cord injuries before someone else makes an attempt. I used to offer my gear and all the know how to any quadriplegic that wanted to try and beat our record, but no one else has made an attempted the Grand Wall. We did take numerous people with varying disabilities on short climbs in the bluffs. All that gear now hangs in the Science and Technology Museum of Canada. I’m going be slowly archiving old videos from the climbing project. All the way back to the VHS tapes. It’s important to remember just how many talented people volunteered their time on a project that had very little chance of succeeding.

(seriously, my pre-injury climbing buddy carried me on his back, through the woods, back when everyone thought we were nuts. very busy people with families came to my awful slide show fund raisers. we argued in bars.. it took a decade.)

There will also be intermittent posts about building self navigating robots and observations about living as a quadriplegic.

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