The “B Team” Strikes again!

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The “B Team” Strikes again!

Post by Vaca Russ » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:08 am

Last spring I posted a report about how the “B Team” climbed Half Dome.

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During the hike an idea was hatched. The idea was inspired by a nonprofit group called “Noble Heights”. We wanted to obtain a cart they had and use the cart to assist our friend David “Beowulf” Wolfe to the summit of Clouds Rest.

We got the cart, trained at Lagoon Valley and prepared for the challenge.
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The Sac Bee even ran an article.

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The “B Team” met at Tenaya Lake before day break on Saturday morning. We had also called in our auxiliaries (several young, strong, fit men).
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If the grade was flat and smooth only two guys were needed to move the cart.
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But as the grade got steeper and as more obstacles appeared more people were needed.
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We could see our objective off in the distance.
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Beowulf can also walk with the use of crutches. On several occasions he needed to stretch and get his blood circulating. It was during this activity we referred to our friend as “Steppenwolf”. :D
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We slowly proceeded up the hill. Good progress found us at the spine near the top (Where you find the last sign before the summit)
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To be continued...
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Re: The “B Team” Strikes again!

Post by Vaca Russ » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:15 am

It was at this point we all agreed it would be unsafe to continue using the cart. He-Man Beowulf got out of the cart and began to walk / crawl the rest of the way to the summit. He refused help and completed the ordeal on his own.
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Beowulf finally made it to the summit. He had conquered his Grendel.
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Beowulf celebrated our victory.
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Victor celebrated our victory. :)
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Photos were shot of the group (Thanks Boy Scout Troup from Tracy!)
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Everybody was elated yet we still had the long and arduous journey back to the trail head. The trip back was exhausting. By the time we had reached the top of that first hill 2.5 miles from the TH we were beat. Just then a stranger appeared. In a thick Germanic accent he asked if we needed help. “Oh, of course, please help”. Andreas was from Frankfurt, Germany. More importantly he was fresh! He really helped us out.
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We arrived at the trail head just before dark. We had triumphed!

Thanks go out to all of the hikers who had the patients to work their way around us on the trail. We also need to thank Ruth Middlecamp, Commercial Tours Permit Manager, Yosemite National Park. She allowed us to use a wheeled vehicle on the trail in the park without a special use permit.

Of course all of the participants who aided during the hike get thanked. Most importantly is Nick Cunningham of Noble Heights. He is the guy in the blue T-shirt.
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Nick is 6’ 6” of solid muscle. I believe most of the hikers would agree we probably would not have made it without his help.

Most thanks, however, go out to our hero, Beowulf. He shed a lot of blood and sweat on this trip. His Navy Seal toughness and ability to “Carpe Diem” is truly an inspiration to everyone.

Thanks for reading my TR.

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Re: The “B Team” Strikes again!

Post by The Other Tom » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:07 am

Wow ! What a story ! Kudos to you and your team for helping Beowulf. You mentioned his navy seal toughness...is he an ex seal ?

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Re: The “B Team” Strikes again!

Post by Vaca Russ » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:43 am

Tom,

I’m sorry I gave you the impression Beowulf had been a Navy SEAL. From the attached Sac Bee article, “David Wolfe, who suffers from cerebral palsy, plans to scale a 10,000-foot Yosemite peak today.”

A long time ago in another life I use to work with many different SEAL teams. I did nothing special. I just kind of drove around the taxi cab for them if you know what I mean. Take it from me…These guys are REALLY tough! :eek:

When I saw Beowulf crawling over the granite with bloody forearms this was the thought that came to my mind. This guy is “Navy SEAL” tough. The SEALs have a saying, “every physical challenge is 80% mental. Beowulf is mentally tough.

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Re: The “B Team” Strikes again!

Post by Herm » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:35 pm

That is a great story - Thanks for sharing!
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Post by Shawn » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:38 pm

That is truly outstanding. :thumbsup:

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Re: The “B Team” Strikes again!

Post by DriveFly44 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:14 pm

Man, that's awesome. Incredible what can happen when people come together. Thanks for sharing with us.

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Post by Fly Guy Dave » Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:31 am

Nice story! That made my morning. Thank you.
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Re: The “B Team” Strikes again!

Post by Charles11 » Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:09 pm

Its amaizing And thanx for sahring such a nice pics. ;)

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Re: The “B Team” Strikes again!

Post by fishmonger » Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:16 am

very inspiring - congratulations. Must be a great feeling for all involved to have helped make a dream come true.

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