What Does Climbing Mean? Depends on the Climber — or Paraclimber


You might think adaptive climbers face an entirely different set of challenges than their able-bodied counterparts. But according to one paraclimber, you’d be wrong on one big account.

Austrian paraclimber Angelino Zeller knows what climbing success is all about. The two-time International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Champion and multiple World Cup gold medalist has experienced his fair share of it.

For most of us, climbing without the use of our legs would seem unspeakably difficult. But for Zeller, it physically embodies exactly the same challenge every climber faces.

“Every climber knows, you’re facing your own limitations, your fears. It’s about having a goal, facing this goal, following it,” The North Face’s “No Straight Lines” begins.

Watch him prove it in this documentary short.

Runtime: 14.5 minutes

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