Stephen realized Camp Wamp was only getting started. We have big plans to expand our youth programs nationwide and internationally. Our goal is to help more kids lead full and ambitious lives, despite physical obstacles. Stephen knew he needed to do something, so Stephen lead by example to show the world what he could do as a person with CP, and became a role model to others with disabilities.
Stephen’s favorite Quote is from the US Navy Seals, “Failure is not an option.” He followed this motto when he was the first person to climb the biggest granite rock face in the world, called El Capitan mountain in Yosemite National Park. Stephen did over 20,000 pull-ups, over 5 nights and 6 days on the sheer face of El Capitan mountain. Because of this amazing adventure Stephen’s idea helped bring attention to the funding needs for Camp Wamp. He wanted to show the world that no matter what obstacles are put in your way, stay positive and continue forward you can climb mountains no matter how disabled you might be.
Wampler’s Ascent is a documentary about Stephen Wampler and his amazing accomplishment of being the first person with Cerebral Palsy to climb El Capitan mountain. As a demonstration of the mission of the foundation and an opportunity to bring international awareness in sending children with disabilities to a similar summer camp Stephen attended when he was an adolescent. The Wampler’s documented, “Wampler’s Ascent” and his heroic climb. The film has received national and international acclaim with 35 laurel leafs and 20 film festival awards to date.
Stephen Wampler’s own words:
“……make the most of what you have.“ ”
…….you have to have dreams.”
“Whether you have a disability or not, you can achieve anything you want. Everybody can dream!”
“Over the years, I’ve learned to not only live with my disability, but to thrive, and I want to ensure that others have the same opportunity. “