Summiting Everest is a grueling experience for even the most seasoned of climbers but making it to the top with only one leg, that’s almost unbelievable.
Well consider it done because Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville is the first veteran amputee to climb the world’s highest peak reports NBC News. His team alerted the media to his accomplishment on Friday. While serving in Afghanistan, Linville was wounded by an IED and ultimately lost his leg from the knee down.
“The Everest climb has never been about myself, it has always been about the Heroes Project … Hopefully we can inspire others to get up and accomplish their goals and have a meaningful life. That’s what the whole goal is.” – Staff Sergeant Charlie Linville
Learn more here: The Heroes Project
Linville has attempted the peak two times prior but was kept at bay by the tragic events of 2014 and 2015. In 2015, he left Everest after the devastating earthquakes in Nepal killed over 8,000 and would later help with aid efforts around Nepal.
Congratulations and thank you for your service!
Find the entire NBC article here: Ex-Marine Charlie Linville Becomes First Amputee Veteran to Scale Everest