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Wheelchair athlete climbs Kili

Posted 16 November 2009
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Wheelchair athlete climbs Kili
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A man who bounced back from a serious ski accident to win nine Paralympic medals has added another achievement to his list - a successful ascent of Kilimanjaro.

Christopher Waddell, who won five golds and four silvers in three Paralympics after his accident in 1988, made it up Africa's highest peak using a hand-powered four-wheeled bicycle, making him the first paraplegic to reach the summit, the Republican reports.

The achievement may encourage those who are able-bodied to look to take on the challenge of Kilimanjaro, or another major mountain.

Those wishing to do so will need to ensure they have good walking equipment, backpacks and sleeping bags for a week spent in tents where temperatures can frequently plunge below freezing.

One man who will be using plenty of walking equipment is Warren Elsom from Essex.

He is aiming to raise £3,500 for the Autistic Society, according to the Saffron Walden reporter.

Posted by Dan Mirza