Rock climber holds competition to test border wall prototypes

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A professional rock climber based out of Kentucky is out to prove President Donald Trump wrong over something that the evidence suggests the president never even said.

Rick Weber, a 75-year-old retired engineer and avid rock climber who’s reportedly been certified as an instructor by the American Mountain Guide Association, is hosting a rock climbing competition on his property next week using a replica of one of Trump’s new walls.

Why? Because he’s apparently upset over something Trump allegedly said last month about the new and improved walls being built along the southern U.S. border.

“Many in the climbing community were amused a couple weeks ago when our POTUS held a press conference at a section of his latest border wall design — a series of parallel square steel posts with a 5-foot-high plate at the top,” Weber wrote Friday for Rock & Ice magazine.

“‘Impossible to climb,’ he stated. He boasted that ‘the federal government tested the structure by having 20 skilled mountain climbers attempt to climb it, and no one could.’ No one in our climbing community knows any of these 20 mountaineers. I doubt if they exist. More importantly, to declare something to be impossible to climb to a bonafide rock climber is to issue a challenge.”

Trump’s alleged claims upset Weber, so now he’s holding a competition to put them to the test.

“So, I decided to build an exact replica and hold a competition. … We will be hosting the event on land my wife and I own in the Red River Gorge region of eastern Kentucky, adjacent to Muir Valley,” his piece in Rock & Ice magazine continues.

“The dates are October 11 and 12, which coincides with one of the largest gatherings of climbers in the U.S.—an annual event called Rocktoberfest.”

The problem is that the whole premise of Weber’s competition seems to be based on a lie.

During the presser mentioned in Weber’s piece, the president never said climbing the wall was “impossible.” He said that climbing it was “virtually impossible,” i.e., extremely difficult but not entirely impossible.

Second, the president never said that 20 “mountaineers” couldn’t climb the wall. He said that, of the different walls they’d tried climbing, his new wall proved to be the most difficult.

“We actually built prototypes and we have, I guess you could say, world-class mountain climbers,” he said during remarks made at the border wall in San Diego last month.

“We got climbers. We had 20 mountain climbers. That’s all they do; they love to climb mountains. They can have it. Me, I don’t want to climb mountains. But they’re very good. And some of them were champions. And we gave them different prototypes of walls, and this was the one that was hardest to climb.”

Listen:

Trump then pivoted his attention to the drug mules who’re frequently seen scaling the older walls along the border while carrying large bags of narcotics.

“[W]e’ve all seen the pictures of young people climbing walls with drugs on their back — a lot of drugs. I mean, they’re unbelievable climbers. This wall can’t be climbed. This is very, very hard,” he said.

Following these remarks, The Daily Beast began speaking with known left-wing rock climbers to prove that the events described by Trump had never happened.

“I have never heard of any climbers ever being recruited to try and climb a border wall,” rock climber Jesse Grupper said to the left-wing outlet.

“I absolutely have not heard of anyone testing sections of border wall,” fellow climber Kyra Condie added. “It would even be hard to find any of us willing to do anything to help Trump and his efforts in any way.”

According to The Daily Beast, nobody the outlet spoke to admitted to participating in Trump’s event.

“Speaking to the nation’s top-ranked climbing athletes, past climbing and bouldering champions, and sports associations, The Daily Beast sought clues to the identity of any climber who might have participated in such a test. Not a single person in the tight-knit community of world-class climbers had heard a single word about any border wall experiment,” the outlet reported.

It didn’t occur to the radically far-left outlet that perhaps those climbers who’d participated in the event were remaining quiet for their own safety and well-being. It’s likely that coming out as a conservative in the sports industry is as risky and potentially damaging as coming out in Hollywood.

The clearly left-wing professional rock climbers whom the outlet spoke to also pushed back on Trump’s suggestion that climbing the wall would prove to be enormously difficult.

“[I]t looks like it would be easy for a professional rock climber to get up and over,” Mitsu Iwasaki, the executive director of the mountaineering organization Mazamas, said.

Sure, but most (if not all) illegal aliens aren’t professional rock climbers. As noted by social media users, they’re either smugglers and drug mules or tired, malnourished and weak men, women and children who’ve been walking for thousands of miles in hopes of obtaining some of the Democrat Party’s endless freebies. And they’ll be trying to climb the wall in blistering heat.

Vivek Saxena

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