Boise & Garden City

Climbing for Hope helps Idahoans with spinal cord injuries learn how to rock climb

People with spinal cord injuries got a chance Saturday to go rock climbing at Urban Ascent in Boise for the event Climbing for Hope.

Ashley Zumbrunnen worked with Courageous Kids Climbing and Urban Ascent to put on the event that showed people with disabilities how to use gear to master rock climbing.

Zunnbrunnen said she got the idea for Climbing for Hope from her own experience with a spinal cord injury.

"We don't have a lot of adaptive activities out there here in Boise," she said."Once you get up to the top (of the wall)— that feeling of empowerment, of, 'you can do anything.' I want people to feel that."

Jedidiah Snelson, a Meridian resident who uses a wheelchair, lost the use of his legs in a dirt-biking accident. But, this event gave him the chance to try something new.

"It's good to challenge yourself and push yourself, and test those limits you maybe thought you have, but you know you're beyond them," he said.