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Erica Davis Climbs Kilimanjaro in a Wheelchair


On January 31st, 2010, Erica Davis, 28, from Carlsbad, CA used a wheelchair equipped with MagicWheels to became the first female paraplegic to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341ft). Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the continent of Africa and is known as the “Roof of Africa”.

The climb took 6 days.

Erica used MAGICWHEELS® to enable the climb. More specifically, she was able to shift down into a lower gear to climb slopes and travel over rough terrain more easily - something that would have been impossible with conventional wheelchair wheels.

See Erica climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with MagicWheels on YouTube.

Erica's climb is the subject of a documentary called Through the Roof. You can get more information and watch clips here.

A single pair of the MagicWheels 2-gear drive was used by Erica all the way up and down the mountain under extreme adverse conditions without any maintenance problems - a second pair was taken along as a back-up but never used.

ADDITIONAL NOTE:  Erica completed the climb to raise awareness and funds to benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation (, a non-profit organization that assists physically challenged athletes to meet their competitive goals.