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Utah soldier makes Himalayan climb with other disabled vets

Deseret News
2010 Oct 15
An Iraq war veteran from Utah completed an epic climb in the Himalayas this week with a team of 10 other disabled U.S. combat vets.
The 20,075-foot peak near Mount Everest would challenge any mountain climber, but these warriors scaled the mountain in spite of war wounds.
“Standing on the summit of Lobuche was truly remarkable,” said Chad Jukes of Salt Lake City, during an interview via satellite phone from Nepal.
World T.E.A.M. Sports organized “Soldiers to the Summit” to show that people with disabilities can overcome extraordinary challenges. Each of the combat vets was injured in Iraq or Afghanistan suffering from loss of sight, loss of limbs, traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Everybody has their own strengths and weaknesses,” says Jukes. “It’s really fun to see people helping each other through it and helping each other figure out what can be done differently to make this happen as a team.”
Eleven American vets with disabilities hiked and then climbed into the thin air of the Himalayas this week. Jukes was among eight that summited Nepal’s Lobuche Mountain (pronounced LOW-buh-shay). It took six hours up, five hours down on their final push from the highest base camp.

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