Jon Sedor started climbing when he was a sophomore in high school. However, during his last week in high school – May 2007 – Jon had a serious accident that left him an amputee.
Jon lost his dominant hand (left hand). He underwent a total of three surgeries, including two amputations, but Jon never considered giving up on his dreams. He still went to college in Upstate New York 12 weeks later and pursued art as a career. Jon is an illustrator and painter. He’s proud to say that he received his MFA at the School of Visual Arts in May 2014 despite switching hands only 7 years ago.
It wasn’t until two years ago that Jon began climbing again as an amputee. He currently does not climb regularly with a prosthetic. Jon’s personal climbing goals are, to be the strongest upper-extremity climber in the world and to send routes never thought to be possible for an arm amputee. Although competing and climbing hard routes are fun, these are not Jon’s only focuses on and off the rock. He wants to help develop areas around his home state, Ohio, and to be a leader in the paraclimbing community. Jon will continue to bring awareness to society and to other adaptive athletes that climbing is possible for anyone to pursue, and more importantly, that disability is a mind state. Jon is also a sponsored athlete with EPIC bar, Blurr Stuff, Giddy Organics, FrictionLabs, and Paradox Sports.
Winter or Summer? Is Fall an option? Fall is perfect! Never too hot or too cold.
Favorite Movie? A Clockwork Orange or A Scanner Darkly.
What did you do growing up that got you into trouble? I got in trouble occasionally for riding BMX and skateboarding around where I grew up. We usually got a ticket and asked to leave the spot.