Man with Paraplegia Conquers California’s 3,000-Foot Tall El Capitan

February 2, 2024

Zuko Carrasco, injured in 2015, ascended to the top using a system of ropes and pulleys.

Zuko Carrasco, a 42-year-old man paralyzed from a spinal cord injury accident 11 years ago, recently defied the odds by climbing California’s iconic 3,000-foot El Capitan using only his hands.

A former adventure guide, he underwent years of rehabilitation to strengthen the use of his hands and arms after his injury.

It took him a week to scale the “world’s most famous big wall rock climb,” and required him to complete about 9,000 painstaking hand pulls, each advancing him only four inches.

Overcoming physical challenges, psychological hurdles, and the unpredictable elements, he hopes his climb will, “inspire all those who refuse to be confined by the limitations of paralysis.”

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