KATHMANDU, Nepal – A former U.S. Marine who lost his right leg after an explosion while serving in Afghanistan is attempting to scale Mount Everest to inspire others like him to take up challenges.
Charlie Linville is set to scale the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit next month using his specially designed metal foot outfitted with climbing boot and another one with crampons.
The 29-year-old was injured in 2011 and was forced to get his right leg amputated from the knee down two years later.
That has not stopped him from climbing mountains.
Now he is in Nepal on his way to Tibet to attempt to scale the world's highest peak.
He wants to spread the message that anything is possible, not just for amputees and wounded veterans, but for anyone with a physical handicap.