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The Gimp Monkeys

I first saw this video at the 2012 Banff Mountain Film Festival. Three climbers, each missing one or more limbs, climb the route Zodiac on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. I remember tearing up while watching these inspiring dudes, And I imagined myself in their shoes (or prosthetics). Then it dawned on me. I AM those guys, or rather I could be. I am going to have a prosthetic aortic valve. Now, I want more than anything to be like them. Climbing will not be easier, but it will not be impossible. Nothing will be impossible. After my heart surgery, I will climb El Capitan.