I would like to thank everyone for helping make this experience possible!
‘Thank you family and friends for rides to Upper Limits and help with travel costs. Thank you to all my PT, OT, and other wonderfully patient therapists. Thank you to the brand sponsors who support adaptive climbing and Jasmine Climbs: Adidas TERREX, Evolv , and CW-X Conditioning Wear. Thank you Adaptive Climbing Group for your moral, logistical and financial support with a special shoutout to Kareemah Batts for organizing the programming and keeping track of over a dozen athletes.
Thank you to everyone who came out to volunteer with ACG Kristina, Amy, and especially Molly who I’m sure would have rather been climbing if not for a recent injury. Shoutout to other ACG teamates; Adam Payne
for cheering everyone on amidst coughing attacks, Nicole for making it to Boston despite being hospitalized several times this month, and Ian for climbing despite a rough year of cancer treatment. Also, congratulations to my favorite beta buddy @climber_amy
who is now climbing in another category and received first place!
The two most vital components of this climbing season have been floating to keep my joints in alignment and proper nutrition.
Thank you FLOAT STL for always being supportive and accessible and Orgain for feeding me despite extreme dietary restrictions.
If you’re following my climbing journey, you’ve probably noticed by now I always wear the same pants… Although they are stylish, they are much more than a fashion statement! They are designed to support the muscles and joints with an innovative compression system.
“The Patented CW-X EXO-WEB™ technology mimics kinesiology-taping techniques that trainers apply to injured muscles. When this technology is applied to muscles and joints it creates an exoskeletal support system that improves biomechanics during motion.”
Learn more about CW-X
After writing a CW-X review for my blog at embracethebrace.com, I reached out to the company to tell them my story. It turns out they are interested in supporting my climbing journey and I’m excited to announce I’m officially a CW-X athlete! A giant thank you shoutout to CW-X Conditioning Wear for the amazing assortment of new pants! The new compression will definitely help me take my climbing to the next level as I’m training for the upcoming Adaptive Nationals June 24th.
I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to represent Evolv climbing shoes! Evolv continuously supports the adaptive climbing movement by sponsoring athletes , events, and adaptive products.
MOVING FORWARDS BY TAKING A STEP BACK
It’s time for us to realize that to move forwards we are going to have to move backwards. We must re-evaluate all practices in our daily lives and begin to analyze both the positive and negative impacts human innovation has had on our species. I’m certain that man is not meant to wear a shoe, and I couldn’t think of a better alternative than chain metal to provide proper protection. For man invented the shoe in order to protect the foot. Over time, it’s become clear that shoes are causing more problems for everyone’s posture and balance.
This company is a part of the wave of the future. We are bound to see the barefoot movement take off in our lifetime. I would encourage you to give these shoes a try especially if you are suffering from a medical condition, that affects the nerves, muscles, or movement of the foot. I hope that you too will be amazed by the positive effects the barefoot shoe has on your quality of life.
A Few Excerpts From The Article/ Interview, follow the link above for the full story
“So far on my search for wellness, rock climbing has by far become my number one treatment option. Most forms of exercise, I tried prior to climbing resulted in further joint problems. Climbing has now replaced more than half of my tedious physical therapy routines. I am thankful that climbing is saving my joints, but I do want to emphasize that there are many variations in the forms of EDS and for people who easily tear ligaments and tendons this would not be a exercise to partake in.”
“Originally, I never set out to be a competitive climber. I signed up to compete in the adaptive event just for fun. However, when I won a spot to compete internationally, I carefully planned out a training regimen. With climbing, planning can power well over strength.”
“The biggest barrier I’ve had to overcome was within myself. I’ve always been highly motivated to accomplish. I hold myself to high standards for my own actions. When I made up this training schedule, my brain was set to follow through 100%. Yet, living with an unpredictable chronic illness, my body was not always available on schedule. Dealing with this incongruence taught me how to balance my motivation to strive for perfection with the reality of evaluating life based on what’s happening here and now.”
The photoshoot was done with Unus Mundus apparel!
In January of 2017, Jasmine brings Adaptive Climbing Group (ACG) to St. Louis, MO to run Missouri’s first adaptive climbing clinic. The weekend event consisted of volunteer training and a climbing clinic held the following day for anyone in the area with disabilities to try climbing. ACG brought in several volunteer trainers and an array of specialized climbing equipment to ensure that anyone and everyone could make it up the wall! The event was hosted by Upper Limits climbing gym. Many of the Upper Limits staff participated in the training session and are now ready to start hosting their own adaptive events. The gym was so supportive of the event that they purchased their own set of adaptive climbing equipment!
September 2016, I traveled to Paris, France to compete in the 2016 Paraclimbing World Championship. I spent the last week of August in the hospital and almost had to miss the trip, but I made it! With my Ehlers-Danlos, traveling to a foreign country was much harder than the climbing… I have many braces, medications, ergonomic devices and conditions which act up at unpredictable times. In the end, everything was worth the extra effort. I met an amazing community of adaptive climbers from around the world and climbed at my absolute best! I received 7th place in my category. I didn’t make too far up either route, but I know I tried my best. The competition was well above my ability level, but I’m just getting starting as a climber and the fact that I made it into the world comp at all was quite an accomplishment!
Since I didn’t make it into the finals, I had extra time to explore the city of Paris.
As an artist, I couldn’t have any more lucky with the competition location! I got see some of the world’s finest modern art museums and gained an incredible amount of insight and inspiration on this trip. You can check out the photo album Inspiration From Paris to see my favorite images.
I brought mini canvas on the trip and even got a bit of painting done myself… of course the theme had to be climbing! You can see the rest of this series via Unus Mundus Art Experiments-Can You Spot The Climber?.
“I discovered rock climbing by luck,” she says. “Doctors said I needed to strengthen my muscles, but I struggled to find exercise that didn’t cause pain and my joints to dislocate. I tried indoor rock climbing in January 2016. It decreases pain and strengthens my muscles just enough to keep things in place.”
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She discovered the Adaptive Climbing Group, a community for people with disabilities who participate in climbing. The group accepted her as the only climber from Missouri. She qualified for the international event in Paris after placing third at a climbing event in Georgia July 22.
“Rock climbing is saving my quality of life, and I consider it a true treatment option for the way I am personally affected by EDS,” Raskas says.
Article by Kelly Pahl
I stumbled across Adaptive Climbing Group (ACG) in spring of 2016. ACG supports adaptive climbers logistically and financially. I was accepted to join their competition team in May of 2016. Because of their support, I was able to travel to Atalanta, Georgia to compete in the USA Climbing Adaptive National’s were I received 3rd place in my climbing division.
Placing 3rd, awarded me a spot to compete in the 2016 World Parclimbing Championship! ACG helped coordinate my GoFundMe page to raise money for travel expenses. The GoFundMe page includes more pictures and information about my climbing journey and 2016 accomplishments. See excerpt below:
“I want to use this opportunity to inspire those with different abilities to get involved with adaptive sports. I also want to raise awareness for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and show the world why early diagnosis and proper treatment of the condition can save lives!”