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Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Feb 18, 2013 - 11:10pm PT
Go Girl...

Social climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Feb 18, 2013 - 11:12pm PT
There's hope! Thanks for that.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Feb 18, 2013 - 11:42pm PT
Oh boy, pretty speechless here, just something special..really special.


Trad climber
Feb 19, 2013 - 12:18am PT
Yes Littleunit, it was amazing to watch you eat! You'd make competitive eaters proud... Friday night you had a couple pizzas, and Saturday night you ate a small school of salmon! Good thing though cause you needed the energy for all the ass and ice kicking you did. It was great to hang out and climb together... I felt as if I witnessed your rebirth into the climbing world, and I hope you take it by storm! Every time you climb you will build upon the last, create new experiences and break down barriers that only exist in your mind.
Watching you only makes me want to get my ass in gear and keep pushing. Looking forward to your Ouray TR and others to follow!
All the best,

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Feb 19, 2013 - 12:36am PT
Wendy, you might find the following video of interest from the one-footed (and no footed) climbing perspectives. It's all interesting, but keep watching, because there is climbing at the end and one of the climbers, doing it for the first time, has only one intact leg and no prosthesis on the other. The other climber is Hugh Herr, a double amputee, who you may have heard of.

Hugh is up by you at MIT and might have some insights, even though he is primarily in the business of prostheses.

Here is a video of Paul Pritchard, who has found his way back to climbing after the injuries from a severe accident left him with no use of his right arm and partial use of his right leg.


I wouldn't be surprised if rock climbing turned out to be easier than ice climbing, especially in corners, grooves and other multi-planar features where hip and body scumming would provide opportunities to maintain a stable body position while advancing the power foot. Think new techniques for unijambistic climbing rather than "oh crap I can't do this the way I would have before..."

The Gunks are a few hours from you and are in many ways an ideal place to see if reconnecting to the rock has some interest for you now. Best wishes for your new path in life!

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Feb 19, 2013 - 01:43am PT
Way to go.
You will love Ouray

Trad climber
East Coast
Feb 19, 2013 - 02:11pm PT
Hey Wendy,

It was great to meet you and a whole bunch of new friends at Paradox Ice. It's too bad a number of folks couldn't make it due to storm NEMO, but it was a super-fun time. You, Scott and the rest of the crew rock.

I figured out the place in the Sierras I was asking you about. I'm pretty sure it was Pine Creek. Glad to hear you're psyched to keep after it!

Nice link, Rich. The Herrs, with daughters, joined us on the ice at last year's Paradox Ice event in North Conway, which was the first time for this area.


Paradox Posse @ Cathedral Ledge
Paradox Posse @ Cathedral Ledge
Credit: Morgan

Trad climber
Feb 19, 2013 - 02:35pm PT
Wendy....Just accepting the invitation to go climbing was a huge milestone. The flood of emotions while at the base of that climb must have been overwhelming. As I see it, the moment of truth came to look you in the eyes, and you didn't blink. That first tool placement was the punctuation on an enormous statement about your character.

Well done!

Best wishes.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Feb 19, 2013 - 05:12pm PT
Sounds like fun. One convenient thing about ice climbing (on thick ice) is that you can often place your tools and crampons anywhere. So usually no forced "high step" moves. And you can always pull on your tools.

Strangely full circle - North Conway is where I got my spinal cord injury, in an ice climbing leader fall (with no pro in). 35 years ago. And where Hugh Herr lost his feet shortly after, due to a winter open bivouac after stream breakthrough. Well, I guess many things happen where there is climbing!

London, UK
Mar 13, 2013 - 04:44pm PT

Women's world para climbing champion Fran Brown trains at my local gym. She's very impressive.

Social climber
Apr 27, 2013 - 09:23am PT
Hey ya'll:

I had the lovely privilege of joining Wendy (thelittleunit) in Ouray this past March for some great ice climbing. I was there with NPR to profile Claudia Lopez, a photographer and the first Colombian woman to summit in the Himalayas, but Wendy's story moved me and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to document a little bit about her comeback.

Have a listen! Keep kicking ass Wendy!




Social climber
Apr 27, 2013 - 09:34am PT
If you like the story -- post it on Facebook or wherever! I'd like to do more climbing related radio pieces :)
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Apr 29, 2013 - 07:51pm PT

One of Juliana's shots of Wendy at Ouray.

Trad climber
Apr 30, 2013 - 10:18pm PT
Hey Clint, thanks for the pic-post.
Seeing The little unit, on route, is awesome.
The user formerly known as stzzo

Sneaking up behind you
Aug 27, 2013 - 11:58pm PT
I thought the Taco could use some more good news.

Here's a pic of Wendy back on the sharp end, Bulldozier P1 (taken by permission).

There would be a photo of her leading West Crack P3, but I was distracted by belay duty -- ready to catch her as she held on by her fingers when her feet slipped.

Ice climber
Aug 28, 2013 - 12:00am PT
Good for you Wendy

Social climber
Dec 9, 2013 - 12:49am PT
hey there say, all... thanks for the updates, as to
getting back out there, :)

nice shares... :)
very happy for her!

Trad climber
Sierra Vista
Dec 9, 2013 - 07:04am PT
This is just great. It's made my day!

Bad Climber

Dec 9, 2013 - 09:16am PT
Wow, from mega screamer to climbing again. Amazing. We're so happy for you! Although I'm sure you're pretty happy for yourself, too.

Climb strong, stay safe.

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