Only Five More Days: Help Champion Adaptive Skier Chris Waddell Climb Kili

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 10, 2009 9:31 am

The man once appeared on the cover of Outside magazine (in 1994, if we remember correctly). The coverline read: Could this be the world’s greatest athlete? Yes, yes he could.

Former U.S. Adaptive Ski Team member Chris Waddell is nothing short of spectacular. After hanging up his mono-ski following one of the most golden skiing careers ever (Waddell won several World Championship and Paralympic medals (12 of those, to be exact), most of which were gold), the man is attempting a new feat, and one no other has ever done before. This fall, Waddell will summit Mt. Kilimanjaro unassisted, and will be the first paraplegic to ever do so.

Waddell will also do more than just climb in Tanzania, too. Along with his organization One Revolution, Waddell plans to donate 100 modern wheelchairs to those in need, and will also visit schools and community groups, to show that there’s no such thing as disability.

Climbing Kili is no easy feat even without physical challenges, yet Waddell is prepared. He’s been training non-stop in his home state of Utah, powering himself up mountains in a custom-built handcycle. But now, Waddell needs your help.

Waddell registered One Revolution with Kickstarter, an organization that helps secure funding for worthy projects. Currently, Waddell has received over $11,000 in pledges, but he needs $50,000 by September 15 in order to reach his goal. (Kickstarter only procures the funds when a goal is met.)

To donate to One Revolution and help Waddell climb Kili and literally change the world, visit and click on Discover Projects. You can also donate to Waddell directly and learn more about his ventures by visiting