Amos is training on the hills around Keynsham
paraplegic athlete is in training for an ascent of Africa's highest peak -
using arm power alone.
Jon Amos from Bitton, near Bristol who
powers himself in a wheelchair he calls an "upside-down bicycle", is making
his second assault on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Mr Amos who lost the use of his legs after
a lorry crash 27 years ago, set a wheelchair world altitude record of
16,040ft on the mountain during his last attempt, four years ago.
For the 1998 climb the 45-year-old was
helped by a team of west country marines, but the effort was hampered by
heavy rain and, further up, snow and ice.
Nevertheless he made it to within a few
thousand feet of the summit.
Currently, the hills around Keynsham, near
Bristol, are his training ground as he prepares for the climb, early next
"It's hard work, I'd be telling a lie if I
said anything different," he said.
"You can't stop, you've got to keep going,
because you know that if you do stop you're going back down the hill."
"To me it's making a statement - the books
will tell you your boundaries are at x point, but to me, none of us knows
that until you've tried to get to the y point.
"This is all about getting to that y
Mr Amos, who coaches Britain's paraplegic
weightlifting team, has competed at two disabled Olympics.