Thursday, June 21, 2012

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In an awe-inspiring trek, Spencer West, who lost both legs as a child, crawled on his hands to the summit, using a wheelchair only when terrain allowed

TORONTO Spencer West and his best friends woke up at 4.30 am on Monday, and begin climbing toward the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. 
    West moved steadily along the rocky path. At 11.15 am, he reached the top , the Toronto Star reported. 
    Unlike other mountains, such as the deadly Mt Everest which must be climbed, the 19,341 ft Tanzanian mountain can be hiked. But, unlike other hikers, Spencer West who lost both his legs as a child, reached the summit by crawling on his hands. 
    “It was bitter-sweet and incredible 
to make it after all the hardships we went through,” said West, 31. 
    The7-daytrektookToronto-based West through jungles, snowfields and astretch called the lunar desert. 
    Westhoppedontoacustom-made wheelchair only when terrain allowed, but was on his hands for about 80 per cent of the trek. 
    The reason for West’s trip is twofold. One, to inspire others to achieve the impossible, a campaign called Redefine Possible. Two, he is trying to raise $750,000 to build a clean water programme for 20,000 Kenyans. 

    West was born with sacral agenesis,ageneticdisorderthatlefthislower spine poorly developed and his legs permanently crossed. He had his legs removed below the knees at the age of three and, two years later, had them amputated below his pelvis. 
    Experts said he would never be a functioning member of society, but hecontinuedtodefydoctorshisentire life, the Daily Mailreported. 
    “I set out to climb Mt Kilimanjaro notonlytoredefinewhat'spossiblefor me, but to inspire others to overcome their obstacles,” he said.

1 comment:

Climb Kilimanjaro Routes said...

great inspirational story right here.

To choose the right Kilimanjaro Climb route for you, there are plenty of variables to be mindful of.
Who: Who is climbing? The whole group's abilities must be factored into choosing a route. The rest of the party is relying on your decision. Pick a route that best fits everyone.
What: What limitations surround your climb? Are you bound by a budget? Or the number of days on your trip? There are cheap/expensive routes, and short/long itineraries.
How: How do you see your trek? Do you want the most challenging route or a less strenuous one? These answers will affect which route is for you.
Where: Where do you want to begin your climb? The routes start from all sides of the mountain. Where you begin affects cost, scenery and scenic variety.
Why: Why are you climbing? Is it very important to summit? Then choose a route with a high success rate. Do you want to take the best photos? Then pick the most scenic route.
When: If you are climbing during the dry season, great. But if you are climbing during the rainy season or the shoulder seasons, then the route you select can play into the climb's difficulty.
So Which is the best route to use to climb up kilimanjaro? Lemosho Route and Rongai Route are the most scenic routes up kilimanjaro. Mt Kilimanjaro Machame route is also a scenic and very popular route with many climbers.
The Marangu Route Climb is however the most used route since it has the advantage of sleeping in huts with bunker beds, hot showers, beverages and beers in the evenings are also available. Marangu is also the shorter route and can be done in 5 days although an extra day for acclimatisation is recommended.