Mo in the Mountains
with Maureen Beck
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program from 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Vail Interfaith Chapel | Vail
What is life is like for an adaptive athlete in a non-traditional sport such as climbing? Unlike sports such as skiing, swimming or basketball, the climbing community was late in establishing programs and systems for adaptive climbers trying to break into the sport. Maureen Beck, better known as Mo, came of age in the generation of doers and creators in adaptive climbing who were instrumental in establishing these programs.
Join the Vail Symposium as Mo discusses what creating a new style of climbing was like and the work it took to build this community. She will share personal stories of growth and challenge as well as what it is like to be an inspiration–and the responsibility that comes with that role. The presentation will include footage from the 2017 film “Stumped,” about Mo’s first 5.12 project, as well as footage from the unreleased film “Adaptive,” which covers her 2018 expedition to the Cirque of the Unclimbables.
Maureen Beck was born without her left hand but that didn’t stop her from picking up the sport of climbing at the age of 12 and learning to climb all over New England. Now based in Colorado’s Front Range, Mo spends her nights training at Earth Treks and her weekends climbing all over the American southwest. She works closely with the adaptive climbing community through Paradox Sports and is the Chair of the USAC Paraclimbing Committee.
As a competitive climber, she has won four national titles, a gold medal at the 2014 Paraclimbing World Championships in Spain and defended that title with a gold medal at the 2016 World Championships in Paris. In 2018, she went on her first alpine expedition to the Northwest Territories in Canada’s Nahanni National Park where she and fellow adaptive climber Jim Ewing attempted the legendary Lotus Flower Tower. Maureen starred in the 2017 Film “Stumped” which has won numerous awards and toured hundreds of cities all over the world. Mo is an athlete for Sterling Rope and The North Face.
This program is presented in partnership with the Vail Public Library.