Here you will find news articles and other things of interest about Enock and others in the disability world doing cool things.
Despite growing up with no use of his legs, Enock Glidden always dreamt of scaling the legendary walls of Yosemite’s El Capitan. Unwilling to give up and resign himself to accept that he’d never reach the monolithic summit, Glidden teamed with Paradox Sports‘ Adaptive Climbing Initiative to make his dream a reality.
Read more here: https://www.tetongravity.com/video/rock-climb/man-paralyzed-from-waist-down-sends-el-cap
The El cap report
Tom Evans writes the El Cap Report of the daily happenings on El Capitan and in Yosemite Valley. He featured me and the team when we were climbing El Cap. It occurred to me as I was reading his latest post that I never posted the one that we were in so here it is: http://elcapreport.com/content/elcap-report-10516
If you are interested in climbing or even just want to see some amazing photography you should check out his site.
THE CONWAY DAILY SUn
Erik Eisele, a reporter with The Conway Daily Sun, did a really excellent job of capturing the essence of what it took to pull off my recent ascent of Zodiac.
Five days on the wall is wearing; 1,800 feet of sheer rock is wearing. Day after day, with no ground beneath you gets wearing. When it came to pull-ups, “I actually wasn’t that sore,” Glidden said, “I guess I’d put in enough time at the gym.”
Read more here: http://www.conwaydailysun.com/newsx/local-news/128469-paraplegic-maine-climber-scales-el-capitan
Marek Warszawski, a reporter with The Fresno Bee, recently captured what it was like for me and the team to ascend the Zodiac route of El Capitan.
THE PHYSICAL STUFF YOU CAN TRAIN FOR. BUT YOU CAN’T BE MENTALLY PREPARED UNTIL IT ACTUALLY HAPPENS AND YOU’RE HANGING BY THE ROPE IN MIDAIR.
Enock Glidden, paraplegic who climbed El CapitanRead more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/sports/outdoors/article108668087.html#storylink=cpy
Baltimore fish bowl
It goes without saying that Baltimore has some serious local talent. People doing amazing work in the face of challenge. Take for example local resident Gary Dunn, who has worked for years in a field many of us can only imagine. Guiding groups of climbers safely over the treacherous vertical terrain of rock and ice, Gary has a special knack for working with adaptive climbers. These alpine adventurers come in all shapes and sizes, and with varying degrees of physical challenge. From people in wheelchairs to veterans working with new limbs, they summon themselves to achieve new heights, with support from folks like Gary, who has worked with the community of kindred spirits at Paradox Sports for years.
Read more here: http://www.baltimorefishbowl.com/stories/baltimorean-to-help-paraplegic-climber-fulfill-a-dream-of-climbing-el-capitan/
Carmen George,a reporter for the Fresno Bee, wrote an article about my time in Yosemite National Park climbing Astroman on Washington Column. She did a really great job summing the whole thing up. She illustrates how the climbing community can really come together to make each others goals a reality.
For Enock Glidden of Maine, a group of generous Yosemite National Park climbers were part of that web of immeasurable support that made his goal of big-wall climbing a reality earlier this month. They helped carry him through – literally.
Glidden, 37, is paralyzed from the waist down. He was born with the most severe kind ofspina bifida, a birth defect where the spinal column doesn’t form correctly in the womb.
But the disability didn’t keep him – or a slew of friends and strangers – from believing he could climb one of Yosemite’s most challenging routes, “Astroman.”
My friend, fellow climber, and artist Craig Muderlak did a fantastic job summing out our time on Washington Column. He really brings to life the whole experience.
Enock was born with a birth defect called Spina Bifida. He is paralyzed from the waist down and uses adaptive techniques to climb without the use of his legs. For the past few years, Enock has participated in the Paradox Sports adaptive climbing program, and with the help of Sean O’Neill, fellow sit-climber, and other Paradox Sports volunteers, guides, and participants; Enock has been training to climb El Cap. After a month in Yosemite, Enock returned home. He considered the trip a success, but it was not without significant setbacks. This project relied on the help of a lot of generous people who went out of their way to help Enock accomplish something very special. As with any audacious, worthy objective, adversity is natural – after all, these objectives precipitate from passionate people and from passion arises emotions with potential to engender tension. However, a mature team recognizes the value of estimable objectives and people and finds resolution. On this adventure, we did exactly that, and I speculate the adversity made Enock’s experience even sweeter.
Denali Brand Athlete and Ambassador Blog
My friend and one of my first rock climbing guides Nate McKenzie wrote a really great blog about my first “big” climb. He and some other friends took me climbing at Cathedral Ledge in North Conway, NH to experience my first multi pitch climb.
Early one September morning, Enock Glidden and I sit perched on a narrow ledge, several hundred feet above the valley floor. We’re about to climb the sheer granite face of Cathedral Ledge towering above the village of North Conway in New Hampshire. A daunting route know as “The Book of Solemnity”.
“You know Enock, if we rappel down this cliff, there’s only one way out. You have to pull this buddy – total commitment.” I said.
Paradox Sports Blog
Pete Davis a climber and guide, who happens to be missing his right arm below the elbow, did an amazing blog about my first ever climbing experience with Paradox Sports in the Gunks. It really gets at the heart of what Paradox does and why they do it.
Enock Glidden got to try sit climbing for his first time, using a mini 3:1 mechanical advantage system. He had a challenging climb ahead of him, with ledges to get over and some vertical bushwhacking to fight through. All of this Enock dispensed with patience, strength and style!
Anita Hamilton of Fast Company magazine wrote a very comprehensive article about adaptive climbing. A few of my friends and I contributed to the article.
Rock climbing is difficult and dangerous even when you can use all your limbs. But for those faced with a physical disability, overcoming those limitations is half the draw. “You are basically in a wheelchair all day long and to be able to get out of a wheelchair and be able to do things that other people are doing is a definite boost to your self-esteem,” says Enock Glidden, 36, of Bethel, Maine, who was born with spina bifida and uses the pull-up system invented by Wellman to aid his ascents.