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From Iraq to Kilimanjaro by Emily Beers - CrossFit Journal

From Iraq to Kilimanjaro

By Emily Beers

In LEO/Mil

September 14, 2011

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An IED survivor suffers through an amputation and PTSD. Now CrossFit is his therapy. Emily Beers reports.

The first successful climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, was in 1889.

It took climbers six weeks to arrive at the top. Today, most can reach the summit in five or six days.

Trekkers can buy beer at some of the mountain camps along the way. Once, someone climbed Kilimanjaro dressed as a rhinoceros.

It’s not difficult to find obscure facts about Kilimanjaro.

One that is more elusive, however, is the number of climbers who attempted to reach the summit with one leg.

Ben Lunak, a 27-year-old Iraq War veteran and devout CrossFitter from Arizona, is one of them.

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2 Comments on “From Iraq to Kilimanjaro”


wrote …

semper fi. take care of yourself sir. great write up emily.

Dan Lau


wrote …

Ben, you are the man! Keep kickin' ass brother!!!

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