5 wounded warriors attempt Mount McKinley summit

4:57 AM, Jun 22, 2012   |    comments
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Five men severely wounded in wars stretching from Vietnam to Afghanistan are participating in one of the most daunting challenges of their lives.

They are attempting to summit North America's tallest mountain.

While Alaska's Mount McKinley is a formidable foe for anyone, it's even more so for these climbers.

Four of them lost legs while serving in the military and two of them are double amputees. The other suffered permanent leg and back damage.

Their intent in the Disabled Sports USA-sponsored climb is to show others gravely wounded in battle that they can again lead full and productive lives.

If they are successful, they plan to summit the 20,320-foot mountain on June 28.

On Thursday, nine days into the climb, they were resting at 14,200 feet.

By MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press

The Associated Press

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