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This Amputee Marine Is Determined To Climb Mount Everest

02/06/2015 03:57 pm ET | Updated Feb 06, 2015

Staff Sergeant Charlie Linville, a Marine Corps veteran who lost his lower right leg during his service, has spent years preparing for his ultimate mountaineering challenge: climbing Mount Everest. Unfortunately, his initial trip was suspended last year after 16 Nepalese guides died in a devastating avalanche. Linville joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani today to discuss how that tragedy affected him and deepened his determination to make the climb.

"It was a catastrophe, but at the same time, in my life, I've been around accidents or injuries because of the military," said Linville. "I wasn't fearful of it -- that comes with mountaineering. Incidents happen every year... But to be cut short of all the energy and everything that went into getting ready... it was a really hard moment last year. Coming back and having some months to reflect on it, it's been a different approach. This year it's full on get ready, become a machine, and nothing is going to stand in my way."

To hear more about Linville's upcoming journey, watch the full HuffPost Live clip in the video above.

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