Paraplegic Soldier Climbs El Cap

British soldier wounded in Iraq completes climb up Yosemite's El Capitan to raise money for other injured soldiers

Heading out the door? Read this article on the new Outside+ app available now on iOS devices for members! Download the app.

4,254 pull ups: That’s what it took British soldier Major Phil Packer to get to the top of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on June 11. While El Capitan is a tough feat for any climber, Packer had to do it without the use of legs, which he lost after a spinal injury from a rocket-propelled grenade in Basra, Iraq.

Now, after completing the climb (as well as a marathon and a swim across the English Channel), he’s also raised over £1 million for the charity Help 4 Heroes, which provides aid to soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Packer spent 4 days climbing the 1,800-foot granite face of El Cap. Check out this video report from British television:

—Ted Alvarez

Phil Packer via Climbing via Adventure Blog