Watch three remarkable guys who irreverently call themselves the “Gimp Monkeys” transcend disabilities to achieve a life goal, ascending Zodiac, an 1,800-foot route on the Southeast Face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

“Our system and the world around us, they make it really easy for you to be disabled – the expectations go down …and you can immediately take that excuse and go “well you know what. I’m jacked up now. I can’t do anything” but then you’ve let that situation win … at the end of the day, I didn’t want my disability to become an excuse for me not to follow what I was passionate about.”

“I think that everyone has a disability of some kind… you know, it’s mental, it’s physical – but they have stuff going on . So if something holds you back, that’s your disability — but you’ve got to own it and say “OK, but I’m going to use it to move forward instead of letting it hold me back.”

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