Chris Waddell is a paraplegic who lost the use of both legs when he broke is back in a skiing accident when he was a young man. He proceeded to train as a paraplegic ski racer and general athlete, becoming an advocate and inspiration for the disabled community.
He decided to “climb” Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa at 5895 meters, and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain by using a hand-cycle. The bike is an off-road four-wheeler that he cranks by hand.
The movie 1 Revolution is a documentary of Chris’ planning and execution of the climb. It is hugely inspiring for everyone, and I am sure more for “disabled” people. I am putting the word “disabled” in quotes because after watching this documentary, it’s pretty hard to get up and tell yourself that there is something that you cannot do.
I was personally particularly inspired by this film because, being a hiker and climber myself, I have had a lifelong dream of climbing Kilimanjaro that I have never taken the time to realize. I have only experienced it vicariously by books, and now by the documentary film 1 Revolution.
You can check out Chris’ website for much more information about him, his quest, his mission and his enormous adventure as the first paraplegic to scale Mt. Kilimanjaro under his own power.