Posted by: Terri Johnston Fraracci | September 20, 2010

How do you climb a mountain? If you are Steve Wampler – 4 in. at a time.

Steve Wampler is not the first person to scale Yosemite’s El Capitan, but he is the first person with severe cerebral palsy to conquer the climb. How did he do it? He pulled himself up 4 inches at a time.

It took six days, 3,000 feet, and 20,000 pulls upward to accomplish this amazing feat. It also took faith, guts, believing in self, accepting support, and the right attitude. Steve hopes to raise $2 million dollars for his non-profit organization that supports Camp Wamp; a camp for kids with disabilities. I believe he will.

Think about it……3,000 ft. – 4 inches at a time. If Steve’s focus during the climb had been the top, his attempt would have seemed impossible at worst; unlikely at best. But his focus remained on each pull as it came, and Steve achieved what had never been achieved before.

sierra Buttes

Photo credit: Camera Diva

Mr. Wampler is an inspiration on so many levels. He has accomplished what many able-bodied people have not. But the inspiration runs deeper. The only way to climb a mountain is one moment at a time. Life throws mountains in our pathway that seem insurmountable. Allow Steve to inspire and encourage you. If you have a mountain in your life today, take the focus off the peak and but it on the next step.

If Steve had only thought about what he lacked, how hard it was, or how far he had to go, he never would have tried. But his focus was on faith, helping others, and the moment. He was also willing to receive, and grateful for, support. What would your life be like today if your focus was the same? My guess is that the insurmountable would diminish in the light of all the blessings and gifts you already have.

If there is a mountain in your life today, take Steve’s gift of encouragement. Have faith, seek support if you need it, believe you can climb, and stay in the moment of the step before you. The way up the mountain is one pull, one step, one moment at a time. Don’t look up at the peak with fear and dismay, look at where you are with gratitude. You will make the top in time; leaving a trail of blessings, lessons, and gifts behind you; just like Steven did.

Thank you Steve Wampler for showing us the way.

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Responses

  1. Wow, that’s amazing! It would be an accomplishment for anyone, but from him it’s truly an inspiration.

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  2. ISTO É INACREDITÁVEL, UMA PESSOA DEFICIENTE E FAZ COISAS EXTRAODINARIAS, EU QUE TENHO DEPRESSÃO E NÃO FAÇO NADA, ME SINTO O INÚTIL,PERANTE ESSE HEROI STEVE WAMPLER, SOU SEU FÃ INCONDICIONAL CARA, EU GOSTARIA DE TER 1% DE SUA FORÇA.

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