SRT Hero, Cam Tribolet has scaled yet another mountain in his life – this time literally!
My wife, Sue and I went to California to climb Mount Whitney. I wasn’t able to make it to the very top, but we were able to make it to just below a set of ledges at 10,000 feet, The climb took us about 11 ½ hours and included mostly rock climbing with a bit of hiking on the Mount Whitney trail. We chose the Mountaineers Route because it looked like a lot of fun to scramble the rocks and hang on with our fingertips as we went from one granite boulder to the next.
However, after another 11 ½ hours of climbing, we were able to scale Big Pine Mountain and made it to the 8000 foot summit on the 3rd day of the trip. It was a very scary trip because we were walking on ledges only 10”-12” wide with a mountain face to one side and a 1000 foot fall on the other side. Then on the 4th day, I ascended and rappelled down through the Alabama Hills mountain range.
The mountain climbing legs that SRT made for me worked great and the Echelon hydraulic feet from Endolite performed perfectly as I scaled the rocks and ascended and rappelled down the mountains face. You should see the carbon frame that supported me – they are gouged and scratched up from the granite boulders.
Of all the things I’ve done in my life, this was by far the toughest thing I’ve ever done and I pushed myself to the limits. I can’t wait to do it all over again!
Cam was featured in an amazing video playlist that debuted in February of 2022 with the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association focusing on the biopsychosocial aspect of limb loss. These videos feature bluntly honest testimonials from patients (and one spouse!) on topics such as sex, self-image, feminine hygiene, breastfeeding, public toileting, pregnancy as an amputee, and going out in public with their family members.