Quadruple amputee Kyle Maynard is an absolute inspiration and hero to many-a Bro. If you're not familiar with his story, check out my post from August 2010 on the documentary "A Fighting Chance" about his quest to fight MMA at an amatuer level. Despite not having arms or legs, Maynard has wrestled at the club level for the University of Georgia, grappled in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and opened No Excuses Crossfit Gym in Suwanee, Georgia, all while touring the country as a motivational speaker. His latest and perhaps greatest accomplishment to date: A grueling emotional and physical journey to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Maynard and his team reached the summit of Africa's highest peak on January 15th, becoming the first quadruple amputee to crawl up the mountain. Joining him for the climb was Sandra Ambotaite and Chris Hadsall, an Army staff sergeant and a former Marine officer who came along to give hope to wounded combat veterans everywhere. Take some time to read about their journey on Mission Kilimanjaro. Here's what Hadsall said about climbing with Maynard:
“Spending even 5 minutes on the trail with Kyle, watching him, transforms how you deal with anything going on with yourself. I wish there was some way more of the wounded and injured military could see Kyle and meet him right after they get back to the States. It would be hugely impactful on how they deal with their injuries."
A crew from ESPN's OTL also chronicled the climb in a segment called "No Excuses." If you haven't watched it, please do:
After the climb, Maynard's father remarked to Patch, "I hope it's freezing up there, or he'll want to climb Everest." Here's to hoping he does it. Congratulations on the climb, Kyle. Truly inspiring to us all.