first published on May 23, 2016 by Will
Charlie Linville was a Marine staff sergeant in Afghanistan when he lost his leg below the knee due to UXO in 2011. He has now become the first combat-wounded veteran to ever successfully summit Everest.
Linville made two prior attempts to scale the mountain in 2014 and 2015. His first attempt was cut short after a massive avalanche killed 16 people and he was forced to turn back. Then, in 2015, deadly earthquakes rocked Nepal, triggering several avalanches on the mountain, and again caused the government to close Everest down.
Linville continued to train, keeping his eyes on the prize. He knew this was something he had to do or die trying. Charlie Linville is a beast of a human being, and it is incredible men like him that we need to make the face of the contemporary combat veteran community.