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Paralyzed Hiker to Climb Iceland’s Highest Peak

Service representative Leifur Leifsson won’t let paralysis prevent him from conquering Hvannadalshnjúkur, Iceland’s highest peak, which lies on Öraefajökull, a sub-glacier of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, and stretches 2,110 meters above sea level.


Climbers approach Hvannadalshnjúkur. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Leifsson is having a specially-equipped wheelchair developed which is scheduled to be finished at the end of May or early June, which is when he will embark on his adventure, Fréttabladid reports.

“I will climb it myself with my arm strength,” Leifsson said. He will travel with the members of the search and rescue team Flugbjörgunarsveit Reykjavíkur, who have made the climb before.

They will move an anchor with a winch 250 meters ahead of Leifsson at a time and he will pull himself towards it.

Click here to read about another wheelchair-bound adventurer who has founded a travel agency to meet the needs of tourists with disabilities.

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