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.
Gary will be one of a team of climbers helping Enock Glidden, an adept climber on a journey towards fulfilling a dream. Enock, born with a birth defect called Spina Bifida rendering him paralyzed from the waist down, has been training for his epic climb towards the summit of El Cap in Yosemite. The team will be made up of experienced guides, family, friends and community members, and will be recorded in a documentary film project by director Craig Murderlak. Murderlak, also an experienced climber, is on a mission to show what many of us fail to experience, but is rampant in the climbing community; how a collaborative effort to prove one’s capabilities, overcome obstacles and reach our individual summits increases the power of humanity in us all.
See a trailer for the film below. You can follow along Enock Glidden’s journey, and contribute to the Kickstarter campaign to fund the film here. They leave on Saturday and only have 4 days to reach their campaign goal (they’re a little over half way to their $10k goal).