Amputee Marine Vet Begins 2nd Attempt at Climbing Mt. Everest
Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Charlie Linville lost his right leg and several fingers to an IED in 2011, but the former Marine isn't letting that get in the way of his dream of climbing Mt. Everest.
Linville is in Kathmandu, Nepal, preparing for his second attempt at the tallest mountain in the world.
He'll be making the 29,035-foot ascent wearing a special metal foot outfitted with a climbing boot.
"I don't think Everest is too risky," Linville said. "It's been a good, solid couple years of training. I'm in probably better shape than the average person that's going to climb Everest this year."
Linville's first attempt last year was called off when an avalanche killed 16 Sherpa guides.
He's going on this journey with assistance from The Heroes Project, a nonprofit organization that helps wounded veterans.
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