Luca Galimberti Can't Use His Legs, But Can Climb a Mountain

A paraplegic man's indomitable spirit leads him to conquer an incredible feat: climbing the highest mountain in Switzerland without the use of his legs.
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A paraplegic man's indomitable spirit leads him to conquer an incredible feat: climbing the highest mountain in Switzerland without the use of his legs.
Luca Galimberti

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The Climb is a short film by Mauro Mancini about Luca Galimberti, a man who suffers from Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) - a condition made famous by the film Lorenzo's Oil - and Addison's disease.

His health problems led to him becoming paraplegic, but that couldn't stop him from doing what some might think of as impossible.

"I strongly believe that everyone has his own mountain to climb. I face my own mountain every day… my disease, maybe one of the toughest mountains ever," Galimberti said.

Last year, he set out on a journey to climb Monte Rosa (aka "Pink Mountain" - which is possibly the least scary name given to a mountain, ever). Despite its name, Rosa is the highest mountain in Switzerland and the second highest in all of western Europe. For the climb, Galimberti used a cross-country sled specially designed for paraplegics as due to his disease, he had to rely solely on his upper body strength to get him to he top.

"Reaching the top is deeply crucial, because this would encourage me to overcome any obstacle," he said.

Galimberti's journey took him to the Cresta Rossa peak of Monte Rosa, which sits at an altitude of 3,660 meters (2.3 miles).

Watch The Climb, below.