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All terrain wheelchair to climb mount Kilimanjaro

Using carbon fibre to build the frame engineers creating the new all terrain wheelchair for the challenge are aiming to give it both strength and minimum weight. The Paralympic athlete is planning to climb Mt kilimanjaro which is almost 6,000m above sea level. The expedition, which will follow the Marangu route to Kilimanjaro, will take place from 3–15 September.

The wheelchair has two wheels at the front and one at the back to provide extra stability and the user will propel hand levers to provide the power by connecting to the rear wheel using a pinion and chain. So that the user can use both hands to power the wheelchair,the steering is capable of locking in place. A chest plate is in place allowing the user to lean forward to hold the hand pedals and get maximum power. The plate and the seat both use a combination of gel and foam to ensure maximum possible comfort.

With the exception of the wheels, the wheelchair is about 85 % carbon fibre and weighs in at about 15 KGs, making it the lightest all terrain wheelchair that we have ever seen.

The expedition will consist of the athlete, who has not yet been chosen, along with three doctors from the Hospital Clínico San Carlos in Madrid, five Airbus engineers, a member of Altran, who helped design the wheelchair.

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