Paradox Sports — Adaptive Ice Climbing at Ouray, Colorado
For their 14th year, Paradox Sports spent the weekend in Ouray Ice Park, embarking on some of the world's best adaptive ice climbing. Dralla funds helped Paradox create world-class climbing routes for people with physical challenges that included: upper and/or lower limb difference, visual impairment, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and neurological deficits.
From the moment the participants set foot in Ouray, they felt a sense of community. Beginning on Friday, they went out to dinner as a group to discuss how the next two days were going to work. Waking up on Saturday, as a group, they had a ‘delicious breakfast’ and headed into the canyon. Just getting to the ice climbing spot was half the journey – it was tricky, slippery, and breathtakingly gorgeous with vista views. Once to the ice falls, the all-day ice climbing began: a full day of amazing climbing complete with a burrito lunch, followed by a group dinner that night. On Sunday, after a group breakfast, they had another half a day of climbing in the canyon followed by a trip to the hot springs to decompress.