A U.S. Army veteran who lost his leg to a roadside projectile in Iraq grew the second duel amputee to contact the top of Mount Everest in the past few weeks, amid a clambering season impaired by deaths and bad weather.
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Chad Jukes, 32, finished the climb Tuesday with a prosthetic leg, a ex-servicemen group that sponsored the expedition told USA Today. Last Thursday, Thomas Charles “Charlie” Linville, a 30 -year-old Marine who also lost his leg to a roadside missile in Iraq, reached the summit, becoming what is believed to be the first fighting amputee to defeat countries around the world highest mountain, the newspaper added.
Jukes was sponsored by U.S. Expeditions and Journeys, a group aiming to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder and military suicides. Army Capt. Elyse Ping Medvigy, 26, and 2nd Lt. Harold Earls, 23, too reached the summit alongside him.
Bad weather on the 29,029 -foot mountain Wednesday prevented the retrieval of two bodies of climbers who died on mountain over the weekend and the search for two who disappeared near the summit, The Associated Press reported.
Most climbers have finished their attempts to reach the summit, but those still trying were having problems with the low visibility, wind and snow.
Pemba Sherpa of the Seven Summit Treks agency in Kathmandu said a helicopter waited the working day at base clique for climate to clear so it could operate to a higher camp.
A Dutch climber’s body was brought to Camp 2 at 21,000 hoofs, while an Australian climber’s person is at Camp 3 can be found at 23,620 feet.
The Sherpas who are attempting to carry their own bodies were struggling because of the weather condition on the gradients of Everest.
Wangchu Sherpa of the Trekking Camp Nepal agency in Kathmandu said his team was searching for two Indian climbers missing near the summit since the weekend and savers were also attempting to reach their own bodies of a third Indian died to raise it back to lower camp.
Nearly 400 climbers have scaled the 29,035 -foot peak since May 11. However, three climbers have died and two are missing on the unpredictable ascents of the world’s highest mountain.
The spring climbing season generally ends in May after which the monsoon season raises bad weather that realise climbing the mountain impossible.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .