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