A few days ago Canadian motivational speaker Spencer West completed an amazing challenge by climbing to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa. But unlike most who take on that mountain, West is a double-amputee who was making the climb to raise money for charity.
Dubbed the Redefine Possible expedition, Spencer took on Kili to raise funds for the Free The Children organization, an international charity that looks to empower young people through education. To date the climb has raised more than $500,000, which is earmarked for a project to bring clean drinking water to children in Kenya.
Standing 5895 meters (19,340 ft) in height, Kili is a challenge for any hiker. But for West it was a completely different level of difficulty. Born with a rare genetic disease called sacral agenesis, Spencer lost his legs at the age of five. He was determined to not let that be barrier to him leading a normal life however and he has used his upbeat message to inspire others as well.
On June 12 Spencer, along with his best friends David Johnson and Alex Meers, set out on an eight day climb of Kilimanjaro, which West did on his hands and in his wheelchair. Yesterday they reached the summit in time to watch the sun come up over Africa. Most of their journey has been captured in photos, blog posts and videos. You can learn more about their experience at the expedition’s official website, where you can also donate to the cause if you’re so inclined.
Checkout video from summit day below. Very inspirational!