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Maynard set to begin climb up Kilimanjaro

Kyle Maynard and the rest of his team have touched down in Tanzania, and will spend time with local schoolchildren before embarking on their journey to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Maynard, a Collins Hill High School graduate, is attempting to become the first quadruple amputee to climb Kilimanjaro, the world's tallest free-standing mountain, doing so by crawling to the peak without the aid of prosthetics or artificial limbs.

His team -- made up of close friends, climbing professionals and military veterans -- dubbed "Mission Kilimanjaro" will begin its trek up the 19,340-foot peak on Friday.

The group departed from Atlanta Tuesday afternoon. At 1:40 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday (9:40 p.m. in Tanzania), team co-leader Dan Adams announced the team's arrival in Africa.

"After 21 hours of traveling we have arrived in Tanzania!" Adams wrote on the mission's website.

On Thursday, Mission Kilimanjaro will make a trip to the Mwereni Integrated School for the Blind in Moshi, Tanzania, where they will interact with children with disabilities. They'll also deliver $25,000 worth of medical supplies donated by K2 Summit Productions to the school.

Live blogs and video are scheduled to be uploaded to the team's website throughout their ascent. They will be available at www.MissionKilimanjaro.com.