Retired Marine Sergeant Kirstie Ennis has tackled a number of mountains in her life and continues to tackle them. But she is also interested in helping others tackle mountains as well. As a U.S. Marine, she was a door gunner an airframes mechanic. While on her second deployment, to Afghanistan, the helicopter she was manning crashed. It was June 23, 2012. She suffered some trauma to her right shoulder, disc damage, traumatic brain injury, and after going through a period of trying to salvage her left leg, ultimately had to have it amputated above the knee. Adaptive sports, including snowboarding, has played an important role in her recovery. Through her “Seven Summits Project,” Kirstie Ennis has a goal of reaching the highest peaks in all seven continents. She talks about her previous climbs and other adaptive sports endeavors as she prepares to head back to Denali in the coming months.
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