Contact Paralinks: 08.12.06

Darol Kubacz attempts history... By Kevin Cherilla


Darol Kubacz and I along with 18 other members of the Uhuru Ascent team will make an attempt at history on Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa.  If successful, Darol will become the first paraplegic in history to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro completely unassisted.  Darol is a remarkable athlete with an incredible mission in his life.  The climb will begin on Aug. 10th and if all goes well, a summit will be made on August 17th or 18th.  We believe the many thoughts and prayers sent our way from family and friends will help us accomplish this goal.  As the expedition leader of this team, we appreciate all of your support!   

The above is a photo of how we will convert Darol’s mountain bike (a.k.a. “The Climber”) into some sort of lunar looking vehicle.  The engineering on his bike is truly amazing and will be critical in the last 3,500 feet of vertical climbing through the loose boulder fields.  Darol will ascend climbing ropes which feed through a wench, mounted to the frame of the bike and powered solely by his massive arms and torso! 

Our expedition will be filmed by two cinematographers from Newfoundland and eventually turned into a documentary to be shared with the world.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.  Kevin Cherilla

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