A U.S. Marine veteran who lost his right leg and several fingers in an explosion during a tour of duty in Afghanistan is making a second attempt to scale Mount Everest to inspire others like him, a year after an avalanche that killed 16 Sherpa guides stopped him at the base camp.
Former Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville, 29, from Boise, Idaho, is using a specially designed metal foot outfitted with a climbing boot and another one with crampons, in his quest to conquer the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit next month.
“My message is anything is possible. It is just not me being an amputee, but anyone sitting on the couch around the world that has problems — you can overcome life, it is just how determined you are,” Linville said in Kathmandu on Friday, on his way to Tibet in neighboring China, from where he will set out on Everest.
You have to be in prime physical condition to undertake Everest. I wish him the best but this is extremely difficult on the body and highly dangerous for someone missing a limb. Others lives are at risk if he should slip and fall. I pray for him and the rest of the team climbing with.
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