President Trump's comment turns into a challenge for Kentucky climber

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WOLFE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - In September, President Donald Trump visited a portion of the border wall near San Diego, California, and one of his comments became a challenge for one Kentucky climber.

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"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, and we've all seen the pictures of young people climbing with drugs on their back, they're incredible climbers, this wall can't be climbed," said President Trump.

Sister station WKYT reports Rick Weber is a rock climber and decided to take President Trump's comment as a fun challenge and offer a contest to all climbers during Rocktober.

"You never tell a rock climber something is impossible to climb or someone is going to be trying it," said Weber.

Weber has tested out climbing methods on the wooden replica of the 18-foot high wall in Wolfe County.

"Throw a weight over with a thin line, pull up a rope. They made it nice that it's open down here at the bottom so you can pull your rope through and tie it at the bottom and then just ascend the rope and descend the other side," said Weber.

Even though that may be the easiest method to climb the wall, Weber says he is just excited to see all the variations climbers will attempt come competition time.

"Speed contests are pretty popular now and we have a category and a trophy awarded for the cleverest, the cleverest technique for getting up and over the wall," said Weber.

Weber also claims this wall is not unscalable. One of his friends scaled the wall in 37 seconds while it was raining.

Weber's competition will be on Friday from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The competition will be first come first serve.



 
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