Grand achievement

Grand achievement

Disabled vets climb Teton on Sept. 11 anniversary
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From left, Eric Gray, veteran Andrew “Sully” Sullens, Timmy O’Neill and veteran Mike Kirby celebrate climbing Grand Teton on Sept. 11. “This is an accomplishment. If I can do this, I can do so much more,” said Sullens, placing two rocks in his pocket.
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The battery on a vacuum pack that keeps Andrew Sullens’ silicon sleeve tightly sealed around his leg in its prosthetic socket failed on the ascent, causing a painful, jarring effect. The pain, coupled with high-altitude sickness on the climb, made him nauseous, and he thought of quitting several times. “What kept me going was, there is a bigger picture here, and that is what we’re trying to prove.”
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From left, Eric Gray and veterans Andrew “Sully” Sullens and Nico Maroulis share a moment of silence as their friend and fellow veteran Chad Jukes plays “Taps” atop the Grand Teton.
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