DELAND, Florida — A military freefall parachuting team has a better reason to conquer Mount Everest than "because it's there."

The 12-member team, assembled by Complete Parachute Solutions of DeLand, will attempt a world record for the highest-elevation tactical military freefall parachute landing. But it's more than a record. It's validation.

"When CPS says we've landed our parachutes at over 20,000 feet, that means we've done it," said Johnny Rogers, the company's vice president.

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MILTON, Fla. — Time and again Kirstie Ennis has gone to the extreme to "redefine what it means to be disabled," as the 28-year-old, above-the-knee amputee describes her purpose.

Next weekend, Ennis will begin her next mountain climb — Mount Everest.

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AP photo via The Salt Lake Tribune's Leah Hogsten

Every year, around 800 people try to climb Mount Everest. And nearly 25,000 attempt Mount Kilimanjaro, while thousands of others seek glory atop mounts McKinley, Lobuche, Aconcagua, and Denali in epic feats of man versus mountain.

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Photo by Didrik Johnck

Two United States military veterans, Chad Jukes and Charlie Linville, are attempting to make history by being the first combat amputees to climb Everest.

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