Disabled veterans to summit iconic Yosemite peaks

local@modbee.comSeptember 10, 2013 

— Yosemite National Park is holding an event in which 30 disabled U.S. military veterans will climb several iconic peaks in the park.

All of the climbers are expected to reach the summits of Half Dome and El Capitan today.

Paradox Sports, a nonprofit organization with an emphasis on adaptive sports, brought the group to Yosemite for the multiday event. The event is designed to honor all veterans and celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities.

Yosemite National Park has an active Special Emphasis Program for veterans of the armed services. The park employs about 105 veterans, representing all divisions within the park. Among the climbs being attempted by the group, a team of three will make the first all-veteran ascent of El Capitan.

Other climbing routes include the East Buttress and Zodiac routes on El Capitan and the Snake Dike Route up to the summit of Half Dome. Several Yosemite National Park rangers will accompany the groups on the climbs.

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