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Tom Belz heading towards Kilimanjaro, summer 2018
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Tom Belz summits Kilimanjaro on route towards personal growth

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On 9 August 2018 the disabled mountaineer Tom Belz reached the summit of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, without a leg and on crutches. An adventure to understand his personal limits but above all to encourage others to push beyone their personal boundaries.

"When I was a young boy, it would have felt great if someone had told me that there was a crazy guy out there climbing mountains with just one leg. My personal success can now serve as an inspiration for others – that makes me feel very happy and proud."

These words take on a whole new meaning when uttered by Tom Belz, the 31-year-old German teacher whose left leg was amputated after having contracted bone cancer when he was just 8. After the initial shock Belz took up a variety of different sports, before concentrating on mountaineering. This proved a way of demonstrating to himself what he was capable of, but also a way of inspiring others to push their personal boundaries. "I would like to share my story because I can imagine that everyone has their own personal mountain to climb in life. If you have a dream or goal, then work for it, fight for it and demonstrate to yourself that your will, your mind, your courage, your supposed handicap is a way towards personal growth."

The ascent of the highest mountain in Africa - documented in the film Mbuzi Dume which is part of this autumn’s European Outdoor Film Tour - required seven days, starting on 2 August at Lemosho Gate at 2200 m and reaching the 5895 m summit on 9 August. But these are the mere technical details, the true success cannot be measured empirically.

To find out more check out: www.mammut.com/stories/mammut-ambassador-tom-belz-on-the-trip-of-his-life

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*Werbung da Markenerkennung - Ich habe mich eben hinsetzen müssen damit ich in Ruhe und angemessen diesen Beitrag verfassen kann. Mein komplettes Leben haben sich Menschen raus genommen mir einreden zu wollen was das Beste für mich sei. Und wisst ihr was? Gegensätzlich zu allen Meinungen, habe ich dennoch alles so gemacht wie es für mich richtig erschien! Egal was andere glaubten oder über mich gedacht / geredet haben, einfach alles war möglich! „tout est possible“ - Alles ist möglich! Wenn ihr einen Traum oder Ziel habt, dann arbeitet dafür, kämpft dafür & zeig es dir selbst, dass dein Wille, dein Verstand, dein Mut, dein vermeintliches Handicap eine Möglichkeit darstellt über sich selbst hinaus zu wachsen. Liebe Freunde, wieder mal sitze ich hier mit Tränen in den Augen darf ich euch nun bekannt geben, dass meine Reise zum 5895m hohen Kilimandscharo gefilmt wurde und das Ergebnis über die „European Outdoor Film Tour“ kurz: @eoft ab Oktober auf die Leinwand kommt. „Mama, dein Sohn wird in Kinos laufen!“ In den nächsten Tagen steht ein riesen Haufen Pressearbeit an, jedoch werden die Mammuts (@mammut_swiss1862) und ich es uns nicht nehmen lassen zwischenzeitlich weitere Infos, Details und Trailer zur Tour bekannt zu geben. Ich freue mich auf die anstehende Zeit! xoxo Tom #dowhatyoucant #bewhatyoucan #eoft #europeanoutdoorfilmtour #meinebehinderungistkeineentschuldigung #mammut #mammutswissalpine #mammut_swiss1862

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