|Published:||May 27, 2010 7:28 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 27, 2010 4:19 PM EDT|
VENICE, Fla - You know the joke. Why does one climb a mountain? Because it is there. But Craig Kiser's answer is a bit more complex.
"The only limitations you have are the limitations you place on yourself," says the blind 63-year-old.
Kiser is the CEO of the Orlando-based Blind Services Foundation of Florida. He's raising money for the non-profit at the rate of a penny per foot for all 19,341 feet.
Now that we know why he will climb, the next question is how.
Kiser says he uses two trekking poles to judge terrain aand also follows a guide who wears a bell. "That way I know whether we're going up or down. If the bell goes up, I follow the bell up. If the bell goes down, I go down. But if the bell goes down real fast I don't follow!"
It's actually Craig's second attempt. The mountain defeated him five years ago after he suffered from altitude sickness.
"I don't handle failure well," he says. "I'm not going to let the mountain beat me."