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Wolfe.jpgGenerosity, sacrifice, noble heights -- and lobbyist.

Not many Capitol stories contain those words, perhaps, but they combine to describe how lobbyist David Wolfe, who suffers from cerebral palsy, plans to scale a 10,000-foot Yosemite peak Saturday.

The 29-year-old Sacramentan, who can't walk without crutches, is counting on the generosity and sacrifice of numerous friends, business associates and a local nonprofit group, Noble Heights, that has assisted with similar trips since 2008.

"This will be a dream come true," said Wolfe, who is often spotted at the Capitol in a motorized scooter.

His Yosemite teammates plan to push him up steep, rocky trails in a metal contraption that resembles a cross between a rickshaw and a wheelbarrow.

Wolfe's destination is Clouds Rest, which offers a stunning, 360-degree panoramic view of Yosemite to anyone willing to trek seven miles up a mountain to reach it.

"I'm in good hands, and I have a deep respect for everybody that I'm going with," he said.

Wolfe's 17 teammates include Tim Bittle and Jon Coupal, two of his co-workers at the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association; Tim Treischelt, a Board of Equalization aide; and Matt Freese, employed with the California Air Resources Board.

"I'm grateful that there are so many people out there that want to invest time in this and see it happen," Wolfe said.

PHOTO CREDIT: David Wolfe, center, is surrounded by his hiking support team. Photo courtesy of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.


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