Climbing Blind

In a few weeks, Craig Kiser will join several others in climbing the great Mount Kilimanjaro, but there is much more to this story.

When you meet Craig Kiser you'll know right away he's no ordinary guy. His blindness is not a big deal to him after all of these years of living with it. Rather, it's thinking outside of the box which sets him apart.

Craig says, "I want to demonstrate to the people of Florida, especially to the blind, that the biggest limitation to being blind are those limitations we place on ourselves. If we don't think we can do it, we're defeated.”

In August, Craig Kiser will be joining 24 other climbers, six blind, 18 sighted, in climbing Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro, which has an elevation of more than 19,000 feet.

Few have made the trip up, and Kiser hopes to be one of them.

Craig says, "I guess what I'll be thinking when I get to the top is I've proved I can do it."

Kiser has been training every day for the past three months and says he's ready. He was recently asked by a young blind girl why he wants to do this.

Craig says, "So I started thinking about it, and it didn't take me long. I told her, isn't climbing mountains what we do all our lives, big mountains, little mountains?"

Kiser says the trek is expected to take about eight days. He plans to reach the summit on September 8, climbing by faith and not by sight. You can see more of Kiser's story next week on WCTV when he'll be featured on “In the Spotlight."


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