Leading a normal life doesn’t mean living a stagnant life. You’re going to look ahead and you’re going to set your impossible goals that other people would say you can’t achieve. And you can go out and do it. —Kyle Maynard
In four short months a determined team of athletes will put their functional training and mental toughness to the test by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mt. Kilimanjaro, on the African continent, is over 19,000 feet tall and is one of the Seven Summits. I recently learned about this mission from one of the co-leaders, Dan Adams of Athletic Capital, and asked his permission to share an overview with you.
From Dan and the Mission Kilimanjaro team:
Leading the charge will be Kyle Maynard, a mixed martial artist, author, and entrepreneur, born without arms or legs. He recently opened his first fitness center, No Excuses CrossFit, in Suwanee, GA and continues to train and compete in power lifting and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Joining Kyle will be a team of individual warriors, including former U.S. military members with injuries ranging from shrapnel wounds and a leg amputation to traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress, a former Ugandan soldier who also served with U.S. forces in Iraq, two former record-holding college athletes, and an experienced expedition leader with multiple Kilimanjaro summits to his credit. For each team member, outdoor activity has played a pivotal role in overcoming disabilities, both real and perceived, and in forging connections to people from all walks of life and cultures. These warriors have defied adversity, refusing to be victims of their circumstances and discovering the power of their own potential in choosing to push through barriers rather than giving up. The team is united in a desire to demonstrate what is possible to achieve in the face of seemingly overwhelming limitations.
Mission Kilimanjaro will begin with an expedition to the war-affected villages of northern Uganda. Using elements of play, sports, and building community roles, Kyle and the Team Kilimanjaro warriors will connect with amputee Ugandans. The goal is to inspire people separated by an ocean yet connected by their experiences from war to overcome perceived physical and mental limitations, while along the way transforming perspectives of what is possible through a no-barriers mindset.
The climbing portion of the Mt. Kilimanjaro expedition will take nine grueling days. Standing atop Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak, Kyle Maynard will become the first quadruple amputee to climb the fourth highest peak of the Seven Summits without assistance.
Please visit the Mission Kilimanjaro site to learn more of the details and to follow the team and their progress.