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8-Year Old CA Explorer Attemps Kilimanjaro Climb!

While most kids his age are spending their summer vacation kicking it at day camp, riding bicycles around their neighborhood or exploring adventures in their own backyard, an eight-year-old Californian has his sights set on a much larger picture.

Little Tyler Armstrong, a resident of Yorba Linda, is currently undergoing extensive training in preparation for an unforgettable trip abroad, where he will attempt on July 1 to become the second youngster to ever climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak on the continent of Africa.

In 2006, Jordan Romero, successfully tackled Mount Kilimanjaro at the age of 10. Three years later, the Big Bear Lake, CA, native pulled himself up into the record books by becoming the youngest human to ever climb the seven continents' highest mountains.

Ascending Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano that towers the sky at 19,341 feet above sea level, will be a risky trek for the snaggletoothed Tyler and his adult companions due to the mountain'…

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Man with no legs to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

No legs? No problem for Spencer West

Spencer West in Kenya. West, who has no legs, plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak, this month.
How does a man with no legs climb a mountain?

If you’re waiting for the punchline, it’s no joke. On June 10, Spencer West, who stands two-foot-seven and has no lower body below his pelvis, will begin a journey to the peak of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.

West was born with a severe deformity of the spine that resulted in his legs being completely amputated. Spencer learned to walk on his hands and has since overcome every challenge life has thrown at him. He’s been a cheerleader and high school actor, has helped build schools in Kenya, and travels the globe as a motivational speaker.

Now he’s going to take on a mountain.

In 2011, West made his sixth visit to Kenya to volunteer on development projects. While there, he witnessed the toll the recent drought has taken upon the region.

“I saw the failed…