On Wednesday, seven-time US Paralympian Chris Waddell reached the highest point in Africa (elevation 19,340) without the use of his legs. Using only his upper body strength, steely focus, and supreme patience, Waddell cranked his off-road handcycle up the Marangu route of Mt. Kilimanjaro for seven days and achieved his goal just two days after his 41st birthday. He is believed to be the first paraplegic to reach Mt. Kilimanjaro's absolute summit solely on his own power.