Three US amputee veterans climb Africa's tallest peak Mt.Kilimanjaro

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London, Aug.12 (ANI): Three US amputee veterans have climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, enduring tumbles and sores.

According to the BBC, only one of the three has a good leg.

The veterans - of Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq - hiked to the top of the 5,891m (19,330ft) high Tanzanian mountain in six days to show that disability need not lead to inactivity.

The trip typically takes three or four days, but the men had to stop frequently to adjust their titanium prosthetic legs, as they slipped constantly on the loose scree-covered paths.

The hikers were Dan Nevins, 37, who lost his legs in Iraq; Neil Duncan, 26, who lost both legs in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan in 2005; and Kirk Bauer, 62, who lost a leg in Vietnam in 1969. Duncan of Colorado was the youngest of the trio.

"If three amputees from three different wars and two different generations with literally one good leg can climb Kilimanjaro, our other disabled friends can get out and go hiking or go biking or swim a mile, can get out and lead a healthy life," Bauer was quoted, as saying.

Bauer is executive director of Disabled Sports USA, a Washington DC-area organisation that promotes physical fitness and sport participation for individuals with disabilities. (ANI)

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