|Aron Ralston ‘tops out’ for the first time after his amputation. Photographs courtesy of Paradox Sports.|
Paradox Sports is a nascent adaptive sports organization that rose out of the world of rock climbing, a dangerous, solitary sport performed in some of the most harrowing and beautiful territory on earth. Climbing attracts and breeds singular personalities-rebellious iconoclasts with a hunger for the new. Because climbers describe their discovery of pathways up sheer rock faces as “solving problems,” it’s fitting that the organization was created when a severely injured veteran joined forces with an eccentric pro climber to get a paralyzed comrade up a rock face under his own power. The solution to the problem spawned an organization with a celebratory spirit, a philosophy of radical self-acceptance, and the beginnings of a community unique in the world of adaptive sports.