Limits are only limits if you let them be… Watch this No Arms, No Legs Mountaineer

Limits are only limits if you let them be... Watch this No Arms, No Legs Mountaineer

“Unlimited Will” celebrates an extraordinary athlete, Kyle Maynard, and his determination to surmount any challenge in his path.

“The defining, life-changing moment [for me] was making my first tackle in football, just taking my helmet and smashing it in another guy’s shins as hard as I could,” declares Kyle Maynard.

30-year-old Maynard describes himself as a climber, author, athlete and speaker with a “general life philosophy of specializing in not specializing.” He’s also the first quadruple amputee to ascend Mount Kilimanjaro without the aid of prosthetics.

Born in Washington, D.C., with a rare condition known as congenital amputation, Maynard made that critical football tackle in middle school then switched to wrestling in high school. ”I lost 35 times in a row in a year and a half,” he remembers. “I just kept failing and failing but then finally figured it out. And then by the time I was a senior, people were saying that I was unfairly advantaged.”

“Sometimes when we look at an athlete who has done something in a different way, done something big, done something unique, and we only see the successes.” Maynard adds. “We don’t see the countless hours of failure that go into it. That failure set us up for the success because we know what we needed to change.”

Maynard applies this same try-until-you-achieve attitude, alongside a signature “No excuses” maxim, as an internationally competitive jiu-jitsu fighter, world record-setting weightlifter and mountaineer, who beyond tackling the pure physical challenges of summiting Africa’s tallest peak had to devise his own equipment. Though he now uses an elite custom climbing system, Maynard initially wrapped towels around the end of his arms, securing them with tape.

“If you’re doing something first, you don’t have that path laid out for you so you just have to go and figure it out,” Maynard explains. “You learn how to use your mind. You learn: How do I not fall apart when I have something bad happen to me? How do I get through and overcome bigger challenges? How do I adapt? The lessons that you learn in your sport can transcend into every area of your life, in your relationships and in just any dream that you have.”

‘The Voyager’ mountaineer Van Allen Guerrero traverses breathtaking nature and beyond


The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, as the saying goes, but Van Allen Guerrero, an adventure lover and mountain climbing aficionado, is ready to take on that journey thru the mountains every step of the way.

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Born Van Allen Escudero Guerrero on December 29, 1993 in Manila to Randy Guerrero and Teofista Guerrero, this 5-foot-9 former Arellano University Braves basketball player is now studying at TUP Manila taking up Bachelor of Arts in Management Major in Industrial Management.
Allen started mountaineering when he was in his elementary because of his involvement in Boy Scout activities. “This year, I have started again to climb mountains and I can say that I am a newbie in this venture. For me, one need not study mountaineering for you to be able to climb a mountain. Even though you don’t have the right skills, the right attitude and willingness to go on the top is far more important” quipped Van Allen.
His memorable experience in hiking would be the spontaneity of climbing up. “Everything that happens along the way are not planned, you will never know what would happen next. For me, there goes the thrill in this kind of activity” Van Allen added. Aside from climbing mountains like Mt. Pamitinan, Mt. Tayak, Mt. Banahaw, Mt. Maculot, Mt. Daraitan, and Pico de Loro, Van Allen also travels with his friends. He already visited places like Palaui Island in Cagayan Valley, Baler Aurora, Alaminos Pangasinan, Camarines Sur, Albay in Bicol Region, Baguio, Marinduque and he looks forward to conquering Mt. Pulag, the second highest mountain in the Philippines. He also plans to visit the wondrous landscapes of Cagayan De Oro City and Camiguin Islands in Mindanao hopefully this year. 

He uses different safety gears like sleeves to protect him from tall grasses and leaves, trekking shoes, water or energy gels. “Each mountaineer must also bring their willingness and guts to be able to reach the summit. Discipline is important when climbing mountains. Everyone should also know the importance of caring for our environment so that the next generation can see and appreciate the beauty of nature. Reaching the top is optional, but going back home is mandatory” added Van Allen. 
Before, Allen has fear of heights, but as years go by, his fear had vanished. He said that it is very fulfilling especially when you are on top. “When you are at the summit, all the hard work pays off. There is fulfillment especially if you’ve overcome all the hardships along the trail”. Asked about his advice to aspiring mountaineers, “Be ready for any possibility that can happen in the mountain. I can say that it is an amazing experience to climb a mountain because aside from its beauty and majestic views, you have overcome all the obstacles to reach it.  Climbing up mountain also inspires other people, so keep on inspiring others. Don’t forget to pray and be thankful to God for all the creations he had given us” said Van Allen. 


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Vlog: Powcast Climbs Mt Pamitinan, Our Epic Adventure

Mt Pamitinan Hike by Powcast
Mt Pamitinan Hike by Powcast

We should have stayed playing basketball, or probably just watched a boxing or an MMA fight but we ended up in  the mountains.
It all happened so fast, my hiking buddy was just forcing me to do my first climb.

My first ever climb would be at Mt. Pamitinan in Rodriguez, Rizal. Tagged as a beginners mountain it proved to be a bit more challenging even for a sporty guy like me, well at least in the beginning.
Mt. Pamitinan isn’t exactly a straight and easy way up. This rocky mountain is about 2 hours up and there are some stiff rocks and obstacles you need to go over to before making it to the crowded peak on top.

Here’s our journey to the top of Mt. Pamitinan.

Mountaineer Patrick “Heartthrob Voyager” San Diego takes adventures to greater heights







Fear and quitting is not in the vocabulary of this young lad from Taguig City. He makes sure that
in every adventure  he is in, he always gives his best and doesn’t forget to thank God for all of his accomplishments. Let us take a peek at this young and handsome mountaineer’s life.
Born Patrick C. San Diego on April 3, 1996 inTaguig City to Mr. Marcelo S. San Diego and Ms. Nerissa C. San Diego, the hunky student is currently studying BSMT third Year College in University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (UPHSD) Las Piňas.
“I am an adventurous person and I like these kinds of activities. I am also not afraid of heights”, quipped Patrick. The first mountain that he had trekked was in Morong Rizal on the 15th day of May 2010 followed by Mt. Binikayan in Montalban, Rizal. “My unforgettable experience in climbing is when I get to the summit. I think it was all worth the hardships once you get your goal of getting there. Mountain climbing can also veer us away from bad vices” addedPatrick.
He said that it is very fulfilling especially when you are on top. “When you are at the summit, all the hard work pays off. There is fulfillment especially if you’ve overcome all the hardships along the trail”. Asked about his advice to aspiring mountaineers and other young people as well, “Be
ready for any possibility that can happen in the mountain and take extra precautions especiallythose dangerous parts of the mountain. I can say that it is an amazing experience to climb a mountain because aside from its beauty and majestic views, climbing up mountain also inspires other people, so keep on inspiring others. Don’t forget to pray and be thankful to God for all the creations he had given us. If you’re on top, you can see God’s creations at its finest” said Patrick.



Patrick’s ambition in life is to finish his studies, have a decent job and help his family. The journey of a thousand mile begins with one step as the saying goes, but Patrick San Diego, an adventure lover
and mountain climbing aficionado, is ready to take on that journey thru the mountains of life
every step of the way.
Email the author at: paolomanuelfule@yahoo.com or text 09184059751