The New York Times reports on the feats that a handful of dedicated individuals will undertake in 2012. Walking With The Wounded’s Martin Hewitt was featured
Martin Hewitt is a British soldier who was shot while leading an assault in Afghanistan; one of his arms has been left paralyzed. Jaco Van Gass lost his left forearm in an attack. The two were among a small team of veterans that reached the North Pole in an unsupported trek in April 2011 organized by the charity “Walking with the Wounded.”
Now the two are on a Walking with the Wounded team that plans to climb Mount Everest, home to some of the most challenging terrain on the planet. They aim to set out in March and reach the peak in May. Everest is a severe test for anyone. Hundreds have died along the climb that includes three-kilometer, or about two-mile, falls, sudden storms, icy rocks and crevasses.
“I don’t like being told something can’t be done,” Mr. Hewitt wrote in a blog. Walking with the Wounded provides retraining and education to wounded soldiers to ease the transition to civilian life.