1,665 Stairs in 9.5 hours
The Eiffel Tower built in 1889 and known as one of the greatest monuments in history stands 324 meters tall and is comprised of 1,665 stairs. The stairs represents inaccessibility to the disabled, it is the Impossible. On November 29, 2014 at 10:30 am I began my climb, taking it one step at a time using only the strength of my upper body and the determination in my soul to reach the top. I did not know what I was up against and prepared the best that I could. Approximately three hours into my climb my left forearm began to seize because the size of the railing was extremely small and made it difficult to clasp. Due to the visible pain that I was in one of my spotters said, “ Joe, maybe its time to stop.” Hearing those words propelled me to succeed. I was not going to allow this symbolism of inaccessibility to manifest in my life as another reminder of what is supposed to be impossible for me. I was going to reach the top. Six and a half hours later and I had succeeded in the Impossible, I had become the very first paraplegic in history of paraplegia to reach the top of the Eiffel Tower. This is due to the fact that the elevator from the entrance stops at the second floor where a set of stairs awaits leading to the second elevator. One can now understand the magnitude of my journey.