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“ADAPTIVE” Film Screening & Presentation

June 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


ADAPTIVE Film Screening and Presentation

Mountain Chalet is pleased to present the screening of the film “Adaptive” starring Sterling athletes, Jim Ewing and Maureen Beck.  Jim will join us before and after the film to share his story and answer your questions.

Mountain Chalet will screen the film and welcome Jim to the Chalet on Thursday, June 20 6:30 – 8:30.  Mountain Chalet offers free parking in our lot adjacent to the north of our new building.

(Please note:  If you miss this viewing, our new neighbors, CityRock, will show the film on Friday, June 28  at 7-9pm)

The Film

In September of 2018, Sterling, a rope and life-safety equipment company, announced two of their athletes, Jim Ewing and Maureen Beck, attempted the first unassisted adaptive climb of the Lotus Flower Tower in Canada’s Cirque of the Unclimbables. Although Jim was hit with an unexpected illness and it made it difficult for him to lead, the duo decided to persevere.  With some assistance from rigger Pat Goodman and cinematographer Taylor Zann, they were able to safely summit.


Jim and Maureen have a few things in common. They are both from Maine, climb hard and are missing a limb.  Maureen was born without her left had and Jim had his left leg amputated after a devastating fall while climbing Cayman Brac in 2014.  Strangers who met in December 2017, the unlikely duo (nearly 20 years apart in age) decided to attempt this climb and began training together.  For two very experienced climbers, this attempt quickly proved that even with a lot of training and preparation nothing is ever guaranteed when it comes to alpine climbing.


“It was the first time that working harder and training did not necessarily equal success,” said Maureen Beck, a Paraclimbing World Champion and Sterling Team Athlete.  “I went in feeling prepared, but I definitely learned a lot on my first expedition.”


Even the journey through the Yukon to arrive at the Cirque of the Unclimbables was a feat.  Faced with logistical obstacles and being asked at one point if they could trailer their own plane engine for the float plane, the team faced each challenge head on, took their time and figured out a solution.


“For me, as an amputee, I developed the philosophy just keep moving and you can accomplish some amazing things,” said Jim Ewing longtime New England rock and ice climber and Sterling Product Engineer.  “I should have gone down when I started feeling sick, but didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to get the top.”


Their incredible journey to the top is featured in this short film.


About Sterling

Sterling is a premier top and life-safety company dedicated to bringing climbing, rescue and utility safety products into the 21st century.  For the past 25 years, Sterling has been developing and manufacturing the world’s finest ropes, hardware and related gear, giving climbers, arborists, firefighters and utility workers the ability to focus on the task at hand.  From its headquarters in Maine, Sterling engineers, technologists and craftsmen build on advanced R&D, customer needs analysis, innovative manufacturing and stringent testing to perfect every aspect of production and create the industry’s most versatile and highly rated equipment.  Sterling ropes and cords fit seamlessly into any pack and enable the Freedom to Focus.




June 20, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Mountain Chalet
15 N Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States
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