Staff Sergeant Charlie Linville is currently training to summit the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest. Accomplishing this goal is a feat in and of itself, but Linville’s quest has an added element of difficulty.
In 2011, the former marine was struck by an explosive device during a tour in Afghanistan. Shortly thereafter, Linville had to have his right leg amputated just below the knee. He also lost two fingers, damaged his spine and suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Linville previously attempted to summit the mountain last year, but was halted after bad whether caused a fatal avalanche that killed more than a dozen sherpas.
After regrouping from last year, the Boise-native says he is more determined than ever to accomplish his goal.
“This is not about myself. It is to inspire other veterans and amputees to get up and accomplish their goals and have a meaningful life,” Linville told the New York Post’s Page Six.
Linville is currently training for his ascent in California, but will travel to Nepal with The Heroes Project organization in April.
You can learn more about Linville’s Everest summit and The Heroes Project in this video:
Good luck, Charlie! We know you’ll do great!