Vail Veterans Program helped save Charlie Linville, who became the first military amputee to summit Everest

25th August, 2016 by

By Randy Wyrick

EDWARDS — Charlie Linville wasn’t really looking for peace, but he found it at 22,000 feet, roped to the world’s tallest mountain.He was about to become the first military amputee to summit Mount Everest.Millions of small painful steps led him to this huge step:• After joining the Marines after high school,• After stepping on a bomb in Afghanistan,• After years of surgery and a voluntary amputation,• After lifting his soul from some dark, dismal places,• After years of training,• After two failed attempts in 2014 (avalanche) and 2015 (earthquake) he was pursuing the summit.He kept telling himself he wasn’t going …

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