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0000 Wide of summit of Mount Fuji, tilts down to show paraplegic climber Keegan Reilly pedalling his special bike
0006 Reilly pedalling the specially designed hand-crank-driven climbing bike on the trail leading to the summit
0012 Pull out Reilly pedalling his way up the path
0018 Reilly’s support team
0020 Various of Reilly pedalling his way up the path
0037 Wide of Reilly and team reaching summit marker
0040 Reilly and team shouting and clapping in celebration
0048 UPSOUND
0051 SOUNDBITE: (English) Keegan Reilly, US paraplegic mountain climber:
“After all this hard work and finally getting up here is the best feeling in the world, I mean: my heart’s pounding, so excited to be here, just filled with joy, can’t believe we made it, great team, I couldn’t have made it without my team – just very honoured to be here.”
0106 Pan from crater to Reilly on crater’s edge
0115 Closeup of Reilly on edge
0125 Closeup of wheels
0134 Team celebrating at top of Fuji
0140 UPSOUND
0145 VISION ENDS

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A paraplegic mountain climber from the US conquered Japan’s highest peak, Mount Fuji, on Thursday.

Keegan Reilly, who is an Oregon State University student, reached the top of the 12, 385 foot mountain after a four-day climb.

0002 The summit of Mount Fuji in sight for Keegan Reilly, a paraplegic mountain climber from the US.

0009 Grit and determination, as Reilly makes his way up Japan’s highest peak with a four-wheeled, hand-crank-driven climbing bike.

0017 Backing him up, an eight man support team.

0020 Its been an arduous task.

0023 Covered with loose gravel, pumice, and volcanic ash and pebbles, the path has offered Reilly little traction.

0030 And that’s with a 35-thousand dollar machine designed to roll over boulders and even climb steps.

0037 But Reilly pressed on regardless and finally made it up to the top for a taste of victory as the first paraplegic to climb Mount Fuji.

0047 UPSOUND

0051 SOUNDBITE: (English) Keegan Reilly, US paraplegic mountain climber:
“After all this hard work and finally getting up here is the best feeling in the world, I mean: my heart’s pounding, so excited to be here, just filled with joy, can’t believe we made it, great team, I couldn’t have made it without my team – just very honoured to be here, on top of Mount Fuji, it’s the greatest feeling in the world.”

0106 With this view, its not surprising that Reilly’s feeling on top of the world.

0112 And to celebrate his conquest, a lap of honour around the crater’s edge.

0117 Since losing the use of his legs in a car accident Reilly has climbed Mount Elbert and Mount Shasta in the US – both over 14 thousand feet.

0127 He’s now setting his sights higher.

0130 Next, Mount Rainier in the US, and after that, the Aconcagua, the tallest peak in South America at nearly 22 thousand feet.

0142 VISION ENDS

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