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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: October 12, 1999

Paraplegic Athlete to Demonstrate Rock Climbing Expertise

Mark Wellman, who scaled Yosemite's El Capitan twice despite being a paraplegic, will climb his way into the hearts and minds of Sacramentans from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14 when he presents a lecture and rock climbing demonstration in the University's Library Quad.

The Truckee resident completed his second climb of the 3,604-plus granite cliff this past summer by doing more than 5,000 pull-ups an inch at a time on a specially designed hoisting system. Wellman's initial ascent of El Capitan was in 1989. He was the first paraplegic athlete to climb the face of the bluff.

"My message isn't for the disabled to come and climb El Capitan," Wellman said in a July 1999 USA Today article. "It's to climb whatever mountain that is the barrier in their life. And that can be anything."

Wellman's visit is co-sponsored by the University's Services to Students with Disabilities and the Multi-Cultural Center.

"Mark forces us to focus on the ability of a person instead of a person's 'disability,' " says Teresa Mendick, associate director of Services to Students with Disabilities.

More information is available at the public affairs office at (916) 278-6156 or at Services to Students with Disabilities (916) 278-6955.


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