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Mountain Climber Continues On During Illness

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Despite a medical condition, a 36-year-old Bettendorf man is climbing to the top. 

"I got tired of all the things I could not do," said John Lancial. 

So instead, John Lancial started to focus on what he could do by strapping on a backpack, and walking with trekking poles.

"At least I'm going to say maybe I can do it," said Lancial.

John started training several times a week. His ultimate goal: climb mountains. Determined that a seizure disorder would not get in his way. He was going to live uncommon and make it to the top. 

"Any challenge is a good challenge," he said. 

This summer, john accepted the challenge and paced himself.

"Learn your body," said Lancial. "Then you can kind of change your pace accordingly. There's always a point where you feel like quitting. and you just got to overcome it. 

Then the ultimate. in August, John scaled to the  top of both Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier.

"I've been through rain," said Lancial. "Rainier had lots of snow. On the summit there was a blizzard so we had to turn back." 

The pictures he took  are spectacular. 

"Just to be that far up and see nature untouched by any man is just awesome," he said. 

In 2010, he climbed Mount Mauna Kea in Hawaii and in 2011, Mount Elbert in Colorado.

"It always amazes me how mother nature creates everything that it does. Mountains, to the valleys, the lava flows, it always has fascinated me and always will," he said. 

Medals are a tribute to John's accomplishments. Despite a medical disorder, the thrill is trying to get to the top.

"I think this has taught me to at least go for anything I can try to do," he said. "See what happens."