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Tech, BYOD Hack Helps Man Climb World's Tallest Mountains

Paul Fejtek, a managing director at Hunter Wise Financial Group, is the only person with branchial plexus palsy to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. In an interview with BYTE, he talks about the gadgets--and personal resolve--that made it possible.

Paul Fejtek was born with one hand that wasn't as strong as the other one, so he hacked together a medical gadget that would help him climb the world's tallest mountains.

His day job is managing director at Hunter Wise Financial Group, but through his determination, he can now say he is the only person with branchial plexus palsy to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. In his book, Steps To The Summit, Fejtek describes what he learned during his long journey and how those principles apply to business.

Fejtek used technology and his own ingenuity to make his climbs possible. For Everest he used a GoPro HD video camera to capture some key parts of the journey, solar panels to charge equipment, and a satellite phone to make calls. For blogging, he ditched his laptop for a lighter 64 GB iPad. To make his right hand useful for climbing, he wore a home-made medical device fashioned from a coat hook secured to a brace. Find out more in the video below:

So if you think you can't do something because there are too many obstacles, this story should inspire you. Fire up your BYOD creativity to make your own dreams come true.

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