Read this post about what a group of blind climbers accomplished. Truly great!
Largest Group of Blind Climbers and Youngest Blind Climber Summit Mt. Kilimanjaro
After a year of intense training, Team Kili, a group of blind climbers along with sighted guides from Phoenix-based non-profit, Foundation for Blind Children, reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa on Monday, June 29, 2009.
The entire team of 25 hikers started the trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro on Tuesday, June 22, 2009. Team Kili was guided by Expedition Leader and Foundation for Blind Children board member, Kevin Cherilla, and consisted of 8 blind climbers and 17 sighted guides.
News of the summit traveled fast, everyone at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro knew of the summit right away because of the unique circumstances of the team; it is unusual for an entire group to make it to the top, unusual for children make it to the top, and unusual for blind climbers make it to the top. Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro at 19,340 ft. is an incredible feat in itself, but climbing blind is an entirely different story. Team Kili broke two world records by reaching the summit, Largest Group of Blind Climbers to Summit Mt. Kilimanjaro and Youngest Blind Climber to Summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, Max Ashton, son of Foundation for Blind Children CEO, Marc Ashton.
Full details about the entire climb can be read in the blog featured on www.SeeKiliOurWay.org.