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NEW ARTICLE: Dizzy Fingers - El Capitan by Karen Darke

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Karen Darke was paralysed from the chest down in a climbing accident in 1993. She has gone on to find adventure throughout the globe, from hand cycling in the Himalaya to skiing across the Greenland Ice Cap.

In this UKClimbing.com article, she describes her ascent of El Capitan, partnered with well known climber Andy Kirkpatrick.

"Now he shouts “Safe.” What a crazy word to use. I could say no like I should have fourteen years ago, when I began leading a route in Scotland I knew was too hard for me, moments before the salty cliff slipped from my fingers, and I hit the rocks below. If I'd backed off instead, I'd still be walking now. I'd said yes then, and I said it now..."

Read More: http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=1594
 Tall Clare 27 Jan 2009
In reply to Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC:

fantastic.
 fimm 27 Jan 2009
In reply to Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC:

Oh my God, that is so moving.
That is why I don't want to climb.
 galpinos 27 Jan 2009
In reply to Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC:

Was this first published in Alpinist? I think I've read it before. (This isn't a dig, just curious)

Very moving stuff.
 Toby S 27 Jan 2009
In reply to Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC:

Good article, thanks for that. And thanks to Karen for writing it of course!
dinkypen 27 Jan 2009
In reply to galpinos:
> (In reply to Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC)
>
> Was this first published in Alpinist? I think I've read it before. (This isn't a dig, just curious)

Yes, this article appears to be Karen's account of the ascent. Andy did a similar article on UKC in Oct 2007 http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=543 Inspiring stuff - a strong lady!
 Silum 28 Jan 2009
In reply to Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC:

inspiring stuff
 stevefromstoke 29 Jan 2009
In reply to Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC:
Now that is insipring !
A great story well told
 mr mills 31 Jan 2009
In reply to Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC:

Very inspiring and makes me realise how fortunate I am and hopefuly i`ll catch her lecture when she comes over to Caernarfon.

It`s very refreshing to read her article as most posts on this site is so negative with climbers bitching each other all the time.

Looking foreward to Andy`s lectures as well coz I think he`s a top guy !

mills.
 Michael Ryan 31 Jan 2009
In reply to mr mills:
> (In reply to Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC)

> It`s very refreshing to read her article as most posts on this site is so negative with climbers bitching each other all the time.

The irony.

Karen's story is an article. A great one.

We publish many great articles at UKClimbing.com.

You can read them here: http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/

Gear reviews: http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/

An extensive news page: http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/

As regard negative posts on the forums, there are some, but the vast majority aren't.

Cheers and you have a nice day now,

Mick
 mr mills 31 Jan 2009
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

As regard negative posts on the forums, there are some, but the vast majority aren`t.

Come off you`r cloud dude !

Have a nice day Mr UKClimbing.com !

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