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Plumber reaches summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

After heart surgery, Joshua Strahl fulfills a lifelong goal.

March 1, 2017 | Latest Photo Prev Next
Israeli plumber Joshua Strahl at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.Israeli plumber Joshua Strahl at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.Photo: Facebook
March 1, 2017 | Latest Photo

At the moment, Joshua Strahl is on a high – literally. The 55-year-old Israeli plumber is on top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

"I summitted!" he declared Wednesday on Facebook, calling the climb "epic."

Strahl took up extreme endurance sports after recovering from a life-threatening heart infection in 2009. He has traipsed through volcanoes in Iceland, ran marathons in Hawaii and wants to spend three months hiking the Appalachian Trail. His Kilimanjaro climb is raising money for charity.

Always looking ahead to the next challenge, he reveals a secret, his goal for the future. "One of my dreams is to run across the United States," he told us during a recent interview. Forrest Gump would be proud. Strahl envisions running a marathon each day in a different city, stopping to give motivational speeches at schools along the way.

But first, he's got to come down off that mountain.

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