Supes proclaim it ‘Mark Wellman Day’
October 13, 2005
Sun News ServiceNEVADA CITY – Truckee resident and adventurer Mark Wellman was honored Tuesday by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors for his life successes as an athlete, filmmaker, author, and motivational speaker.The board unanimously voted to proclaim Oct. 15 to be “Mark Wellman Day” in Nevada County.
The idea was proposed by Supervisor Ted Owens, who represents the Truckee area, and who said that “although Mark is well-known in the eastern county, I believe people from all parts of the county will benefit (from knowing who he is).”Wellman, who became paralyzed from the waist down after a climbing accident 23 years ago, was commended by Owens for his “selflessness, courage, and inspiration.””It’s my pleasure to be here,” Wellman said at the board meeting in the Rood Administrative Center.
He then told a story about ascending a 120-foot rope to light the torch that signified the beginning of the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta. Fearful of catching a “Robinhood” quiver that was in his hair on fire, he devised a harness that allowed him to hold the torch between his legs while climbing the rope using his arms.”In front of 80,000 people (I was nervous I) would be the dud of the evening,” he said.Wellman is a former Yosemite Park Ranger and is possibly most well-known for his two ascents of El Capitan. He also designs and sells adaptive custom sports equipment and is the creator of the adventure video series, “No Barriers,” which features disabled athletes doing extreme sports.
He is also a motivational speaker and has recently been helping injured soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan continue pursuing their favorite sports.Most recently, Wellman hosted a two-day golf tournament, raising more than $70,000 for Disabled Sports USA Far West.To learn more about Wellman, visit http://www.nolimits tahoe.com.