I don’t know if I was reading the route on that photo, or showing people how I’m good at putting tape on my stump, but I have to feedback about my first experience to climb with AU2 people.
One year ago, I met Julien - @3leggedjuju - at @arkose.climbing gym. The very first thing he told me was : « why don’t you climb more with your right arm? » I thought he might be blind. But then, he told me about his friend Maureen, and about French paraclimbing team.
After that, I saw Stumped, that amazing movie by @cedarwright on the @reelrock 12 tour. I saw it three times. And then I met Maureen - @mo.in.mountains - for real. It was a very strong moment for me, because she was the first person I’ve ever asked for some advices about my stump and how she dealt with back pains.
And then I’ve met our community (yes, because it’s a community - but you’re probably not cool enough to be in, using twice more chalk than us, that’s sucks for the planet.) So, how did I feel about being with people like me? I felt so normal, comparing the size of our stumps, like you compare the size of your... fingers - everybody does that.
I hope that paraclimbers community will continue to grow, and I’m so happy to be part of it. I’ve met that young girl, @flore_suzanne , came from France with her school for the @innsbruck2018 World Championship, who has an agenesis. She is a climber, and does some competitions with her friends.
At the same age, I was spending much more energy finding some tips to hide my stump (and I was really good at) than climbing. I’ve been touched by this meeting, and I hope to see her soon in competitions!
Communicate on social media is useful, to show that we are not alone in our different abilities! 💪🏻 📸 : @sytsevanslooten
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