Ian made the impossible seem within our reach

The late adventurer and climber Ian McKeever was a real inspiration to the many people who knew him, writes Johnny Nagle.

6th January, 2013
Irish climber Ian McKeever with a friend at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, where he died after being struck by lightning. Photo: Justin Kernoghan

I first met Ian McKeever last year when he came to our school to discuss the possibility of joining him on a charity climb of Kilimanjaro.

I had never heard of Ian before and was mesmerised when he explained his climbing history. More importantly, however, he told us that he believed the only thing stopping you from achieving your goals was yourself.

He made what I - as an overweight teenager - had previously believed...

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