Posted by: Martin Fox | September 30, 2009

Chris Waddell – first paraplegic summit attempt on Kilimanjaro

As I type this, we are waiting to hear if Chris Waddell made the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Chris is an amazing man and role model for all of us. Chris has redefined how people view the capabilities of paraplegics. The man is the most decorated male skier in Paralympic history, winning twelve medals over four games. Chris is one of my personal heroes.

Let’s all send great Kharma Chris’ way this morning. The following comes directly from Chris’ website…

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Peace out – Martin Fox with the Center for Global Leadership

mt_kilimanjaroChris Waddell – first paraplegic summit attempt on Kilimanjaro

At 19,340 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain  in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. Waddell will attempt the first paraplegic summit of Kilimanjaro in the fall of 2009 with a team of experienced colleagues and a camera crew dedicated to documenting the historic climb.

Although Kilimanjaro is considered a “walkable” mountain, typical features such as logs and large rocks prove threatening obstacles for Waddell’s journey the summit.

Waddell will summit Kilimanjaro in the appropriately named Bomba, a one-of-a-kind, 4-wheel handcycle propelled entirely be arm power. The unique handcycle steers 2 ways, via traditional hand bars and through a special pedal that sits under the chest. The One-Off provides impressive traction and control with wheels capable of maneuvering over foot-tall obstacles.

Waddell has dedicated his life to defying the conventional wisdom of what a paraplegic can and cannot do. Through his work with the Paralympics, Waddell has proven that being a “para” doesn’t mean living a disabled life. Waddell’s athletic abilities garnered international attention and have helped to change the way disabled individuals are viewed.

The decision to summit Kilimanjaro is intended to “shine the light back on the disabled — to show that if you take the time to look, you might be surprised.” Waddell hopes that his incredible climb will provide a counterpoint to people’s preconceived notions. “I hope my climb will make us see some of the 21+ million disabled people in the world in a whole new way,” says Waddell.


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