Why I Climb For ROMP

“I never learned to climb with two legs, so I’ve only known climbing like this. Having one leg is just another technique,” Ronnie Dickson says. As a founding member of USA Climbing’s Paraclimbing Committee as well as one of the first adaptive climbers to represent the U.S. in international competition, “I found that it did such great things for my self-confidence as a person living with a disability, and I wanted to share that with other people.”

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ROMPtober 2016 Reflection

From the first moment I walked into the ROMP clinic in Zacapa Guatemala, the air buzzed with possibilities. From my previously set expectations, I knew local amputees would be wheeled into the clinic and we would work tirelessly to help them walk out on a new... read more

ROMP and The Full Life Experiment

What makes a life fulfilling? As a college student, my life is as full as the amount of sleep I got the previous night. Maybe I work these extended hours in hopes that my life might one day be easier. Maybe somewhere along the line I equated the easy life with the... read more

Climb Report: Cayambe

July 26th, 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Range of Motion Project assembled a team of 15 amputee and non-amputee climbers and attempted to summit Volcán Cayambe to mark this important date. We wanted to show the world what... read more

Mobility v. Scarcity: A Negotiation

I originally wrote this post for the Global Health Delivery Project in 2014. Just as true today as it was then. If the golden age of global health has taught us anything, it’s that we must avoid the theory, dimly articulated, of limited good. This theory is predicated... read more

Then and Now – ROMP and Technology

Over the past three months, we have made more progress in the field of 3D technology in the field of O&P than we ever could have imagined when we started. And what excites me are the possibilities that lie ahead, that I can’t even imagine now.

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Earthquake in Ecuador

I wouldn’t have felt it if someone hadn’t warned me. Then again, maybe I would have – it did last almost a full two minutes. I was in a mountain refuge when it happened. When I went outside, I was standing on 5000 meters of Chimborazo, the tallest volcano in Ecuador,... read more