Thirty disabled veterans plan to mark 9/11 by climbing to the summits of some of Yosemite National Park's highest and most iconic peaks on Wednesday. The climbing groups, accompanied by climbing pros as well as park rangers, set off Tuesday for the multi-day events.
"The event is designed to honor all veterans and celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities," a park statement said.
A team of three will attempt to be the first all-veteran team to make it to the 7,569-foot top of El Capitan, according to the statement. Other teams will take East Buttress and Zodiac technical climbing routes on El Cap, and the cable route and Snake Dike Route up Half Dome.
The park hosted the event with the nonprofit Paradox Sports, which specializes in adaptive sports. Tim O'Neill, a pro climber and executive director of the organization, and pro climber Heidi Wirtz will lead the groups of veterans.