October 1, 2010 | San Diego, CA | Press Releases

ESET Congratulates Steve Wampler on Historic Summit of El Capitan

ESET, the leader in proactive threat protection, congratulates Steve Wampler on becoming the first person with Cerebral Palsy to summit Yosemite National Park's El Capitan. Steve's climb, which was sponsored by ESET, marks an incredible achievement on behalf of disabled persons everywhere and serves to raise awareness and funds for The Wampler Foundation, a non-profit organization which Steve founded with his wife Elizabeth.

Widely considered one of the greatest challenges in rock climbing, Steve's climb took place over a six day period. With limited use of his arms and no use of his legs, Steve utilized a specialized chair, which he designed himself, and used his arms to pull on a small bar attached to a pulley system. With each pull, he was lifted four to six inches. A total of approximately 20,000 pull-ups brought him to the summit. Steve was carried back down the mountain in victory by a group of U.S. Marines.

"ESET is proud to have supported Steve Wampler through our sponsorship of his historic climb," said Darin Andersen, COO, ESET. "The strength and courage exhibited by Steve is awe-inspiring to all of us, disabled and able-bodied alike. We encourage all who are able to contribute to The Wampler Foundation to help further his admirable work."

The main goal of Steve's climb was to raise $2 million in donations for The Wampler Foundation, which offers wilderness programs for children with disabilities. These programs are provided at no cost to the campers and their families through sponsorships and donations.

To celebrate his achievement, ESET is sponsoring a congratulatory "Rock On, Steve!" party at Donovan's Circle of 5ths in San Diego on Saturday, October 2, 2010. Admission is free, with donations to The Wampler Foundation gladly accepted. For more information and to RSVP for the event, please visit http://www.eset.com/wampler-party.

About ESET
ESET develops software solutions that deliver instant, comprehensive protection against evolving computer security threats. ESET pioneered and continues to lead the industry in proactive threat detection. ESET NOD32 Antivirus consistently achieves the highest accolades in all types of comparative testing, and is the heart of the virus and spyware detection in ESET Smart Security and ESET Cybersecurity for Mac. ESET Smart Security is an integrated antivirus, antispyware, antispam and personal firewall solution that combines accuracy, speed and a small system footprint to create the most effective security solution in the industry. All products have an extremely efficient code base that eliminates the unnecessarily large size found in some solutions. This means faster scanning that doesn't slow down computers or networks. Sold in more than 180 countries, ESET has global headquarters in Bratislava, Slovakia, with distribution headquarters for the Americas located in San Diego, California. ESET also has offices in Buenos Aires, Prague, Krakow and Singapore and is represented by an extensive global partner network. For more information, visit www.eset.com or call +1 (619) 876-5400.

About The Wampler Foundation
Founded in 2000, The Wampler Foundation provides outdoor recreation programs for children with physical disabilities such as Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, and Spina Bifida at no cost to their families. To find out more about
The Wampler Foundation, and to make a donation, please visit http://www.wamplerfoundation.org/.