Man without legs climbs 19,000 feet mountain

Published On: Saturday December 15, 2012 12:10 PM
By: Moses Gold
Spencer West 
(Scroll down for video) It is a feat that most people without disabilities struggle to achieve - climbing of the highest peaks on earth.
Spencer West achieved it using only his hands.

The 31-year-old from Toronto, Canada - who lost his legs when he was only five years old - climbed to the mountain top 19,341feet high mountain Kilimanjaro after a walk slow, painful and imposing.

Mr. West was born with sacral agenesis, a genetic disorder that left his lower spine and underdeveloped legs crossed permanently.

His legs were removed below the knees at the age of three years and two years later, became an amputee below the pelvis.
Medical experts said the brave Canadian who would never be an active member of society, but has continued to defy doctors all his life.

He trained for a year to climb the highest peak in Africa with the best of friends David Johnson and Alex Meers.

The hike to the top lasted seven days, trekking through the jungles of Tanzania, the snowfields and deserts - and Mr. West was forced to make 80 percent of the time on his hands, only riding a wheelchair to the extent where the terrain allowed.

The trio arrived at the final approach and got up the next morning for the ascent to Uhuru Peak. They reached the summit at 11.15 am after a grueling trek of seven days.

Only 50 percent of the people trying to climb the mountain reach the top - and Mr. West describes the time he reached the summit as "incredible."

He said: The sign of the summit seemed almost like a mirage. "We looked around and realized that, after seven days of grueling unstoppable climbing, after 20,000 feet of our blood, sweat, tears and vomiting I had done so. "The fingers were bleeding and blisters and all but it was worthwhile." he added.

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