Teva Mountain Games: A TR from Team Paradox


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Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 10, 2008 - 06:48pm PT
Over the weekend of June 6-8th a strong showing of Paradox Sports team members turned out to attend, participate and compete in the Teva Mountain Games. Represented by Vijay Viswanathan, Pete Davis, Craig DeMartino, Ronnie Dickson, Aron Ralston, Malcolm Daly, Timmy O’Neill and Devaki Murch, the team spent the three days climbing, riding, paddling, hiking and partying with the mountain community in Vail.

The highlight of the event was Team Paradox entering an all-gimp team in the Ultimate Mountain Challenge, a test of skill, stamina and endurance for the members. The team was comprised of Aron Ralston paddling the kayak sprint, Craig DeMartino riding the X-C Bike Challenge, Pete Davis running the 10K trail run and Malcolm Daly riding the road bike hill climb. As of the day before the race, Aron had never been in a kayak, Craig had never ridden in a mountain bike race, Pete had never run 10K an Malcolm hadn’t ridden a hill like that (Vail Pass) for 15 years. Team Paradox Sports placed 7th out of 13 teams despite Malcolm turning in the second slowest time on the hill climb (1:06:18, not bad for a middle-aged, out-of-shape, post-cardiac, multiple-amputee), Aron paddling in ahead of just 2 other racers with a time of 29:48 (He came out of his boat.), Pete getting a DNS because he spent the night sleeping in the front of Vijay’s truck wrapped around the adaptive driving rig and wasn’t feeling too much like running at the 8:30 am start time. Craig DeMartino finished second out of all of the Ultimate Mountain Challenge riders, turning in a blistering time of 1:47:00 despite the cramps and blisters that plagued his stump.

Ronnie Dickson, fresh from Tampa Florida, and Craig DeMartino from Loveland, CO killed it in the Citizen’s Bouldering Competition with Craig finishing 3rd in the wrong age group. Had he been scored in the correct group he would have placed second.

Timmy O’Neill, one of the founders of Paradox Sports, had a starring role as the emcee for the climbing events and his band played at the Access Fund’s party at Vendetta’s on Saturday. At one point, Timmy was drumming so hard the building broke and part of the ceiling fell on his drum set. Bummer, dude!

Sooooooo, next year, we’re going to practice more, train harder, find Pete a better front seat and party more.

I’d love to hear personal stories from others who were up there…

Timmy struttin'

Aron Ralston on his first kayak attempt. Looking good so far...

Still looking good...

Duh-oh! At least his head is above water and it looks like he's still breathing.

Now that he's out of the water it's time to chase the boat.

Got it. Is that blood on your shin?

At the finish. You can buy the shirt from the Paradox Shop.

Craig DeMartino at lap one of his race.

Right after Craig finished these guys were going off behind me.

Now that's crazy!

Whipper the dog sporting a World Cup sticker and shades.

Don't have a picture of Ronnie climbing. This will have to do.

One-arm Pete Davis chillin'

Here's me not looking too bad at the top of the hill climb. Being congratulated by Larry Grossman, the race director.

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 10, 2008 - 06:57pm PT
I suppose since this is a climbing forum I should mention that the TMG 08 was the first World Cup climbing event in the US in at least 15 years. The bouldering was amazing with kids cranking harder than I ever could have imagined 20 years ago. Alex Johnson (USA) won the women's WC title and Kilian Fischhuber (AUT) took the men's.

Here's the only decent climbing pic I got. Sorry I slacked on that front.

Climb Safe,

Trad climber
Cincy, Ohio
Jun 10, 2008 - 06:57pm PT
Great work Mal!!

Paradox is a true inspiration... and always a blast to have around!


Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Jun 10, 2008 - 06:59pm PT
That looks like a great time. Congrats on a fun event. Your team is an inspiration. oMG

Social climber
Charlevoix, MI
Jun 10, 2008 - 07:08pm PT
That is an odd climbing photo Mal, what exactely am I looking at?

Duh... ( I almost forgot) Great TR and effort as well.


Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 10, 2008 - 07:13pm PT
Prod, I'm not quite sure what was going on there but I suspect it had more to do with a photo op than climbing. Somebody help me out here. I never used to climb like that.

Social climber
The West
Jun 10, 2008 - 07:18pm PT
Cooler shidt then I did in my 4 years in Vail, you guys got me, well, stumped.
Scared Silly

Trad climber
Jun 10, 2008 - 07:58pm PT
Geez Mal, if they made you wear a helmet for the hill climb they must have been worried about you keeling over and hitting your head.

other wise very proud ...

Jun 10, 2008 - 08:03pm PT
Freakin' Gimps are taking over the forum.

Righteous, Lads and Ladies,


Trad climber
Memphis, TN
Jun 10, 2008 - 09:15pm PT
Cool stuff for sure. These guys have more ability and skill than I hope to have. If I work hard, I might follow a bit. Good on all y'all.

goatboy smellz

Jun 10, 2008 - 11:12pm PT

Not here
Jun 19, 2008 - 05:41pm PT
Nice Mal!
Hey, there are no pics of you climbing either!
Why do I feel cheated?


Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 19, 2008 - 06:15pm PT
Anastasia, my friend. I didn't climb. All I did was herd the cats and climb the hill on my bike.

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Jun 19, 2008 - 09:20pm PT
Man, do you guys ever rock.

Carry on!

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jun 19, 2008 - 10:28pm PT
Cat herding. Ha, haven't heard that expression in a long while. It brings up just the right imagery.

Trad climber
Durango, CO
Jun 19, 2008 - 11:06pm PT
Horray Mal! That ride must have kicked yer butt, way to go! I didn't know you were allowed to live in Boulder and not ride s#it like that all the time.

Aaron was way impressive! Didn't enyone tell him that flipping those things over, when you're a n00b, is SCARY?!?

It is fun to see all the cool gagetry developed for everyone's stumps.
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