Ian Vallejo has been climbing since he was a toddler with his uncle and became a consistent climber at 8 years old when his new school had a 40 foot outdoor climbing wall. He moved from being just a participant in the climbing club to helping to instruct and set routes over the years.
When Ian was diagnosed with bone cancer that required leg amputation in 2015 at 16 years old he didn’t stop climbing. Twelve days after his amputation he was at the climbing gym working out how to climb with 3 limbs instead of 4. A few months later Ian found the Adaptive Climbing Group was forming in Chicago and became an active member around chemo treatments and doctor appointments. With a new climbing prosthesis he is loving to challenge his climbing indoors and outdoors. Climb On!
What did you dress up as last Halloween?
A pirate (I have an obvious advantage to truly own that costume)
What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever received?
Best gift was for my 14th birthday- my parents paid for my trip to Everest Base Camp.
What is your first memory of being really psyched?
Climbing the bluffs with Uncle Phil in Squamish, BC when I was about 9 years old.