Her challenge was not simply to be in the picture, but to make the inaccessible accessible. Gemma Hassen-Bey is the first person in a wheelchair to climb 3,000 metres. She is the first to climb Mount Teide only with her arm strength.
"If you move, the world moves with you". With this motto, the Paralympic athlete wants to demonstrate that there are no disabilities¿only different abilities.
Although the ascent with her "handbike" began on 1 November, the challenge started with a dream in a hospital bed. Gema Hassen-Bey asked herself: ¿Where do I go from here?¿ And her answer was: "I don¿t want to practise sport to win more medals, but to help people".
Climbing Mount Teide was a preparatory challenge for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, and demonstrating that we can all reach new heights. "If I can climb 3,000 metres, then what was supposed to be impossible has now been made possible", says Gema Hassen-Bey. With the second stage of the challenge now finished, she¿s seeking funding to complete the 3,718-metre climb to the top of the tallest mountain in Spain.