Ronnie Dickson’s inspirational climbing
In April 2015 the American paraclimber Ronnie Dickson managed to send the 7C+ boulder problem Resident Evil at Joe's Valley, USA, nine years after having his lower leg amputated. This is his inspirational story, in a film by Alton Richardson and Jordan Shipman.
When he was just 18 Ronnie Dickson took a difficult decision: due to a congenital disorder he chose to have his leg amputated above the knee. A year after that operation he took up climbing and since then he has never looked back, at first climbing with just one leg before opting for a prosthetic leg designed specifically for him. In 2015 he stunned everyone with his ascent of a 7C+ boulder problem at climbed Joe's Valley, an area not a stone’s throw from home in Florida but nine car-hours away in Utah.
In our interview at the time Dickson told planetmountain.com that the problem marked a moment he "I will always be proud of", and that he hoped his ascent "inspires both adaptive and able-bodied climbers alike to push their own personal limits." This is the story of Dickson’s difficult, and inspirational, journey.