A wounded warrior is taking full advantage of his second chance at life. Marine veteran Blake Watson is preparing to climb one of the world’s tallest peaks, he states in an interview to CBS DFW.
Watson is currently taking part in pre-challenge therapy, to prepare to climb the 19,000 foot high, Mount Kilimanjaro.
He stepped on an IED in Afghanistan in 2010, losing his left leg, but his spirit has never wavered. The 28-year-old has been undergoing hyperbaric chamber training, laying in a pressurized capsule pumped with 100% pure oxygen for 90 minutes at a time.
Blake is out to prove that he’s still cut out for challenges, showing “that I still have the mental drive and physical ability to do things like this.”
“There’s a whole list of people from the guys that were there the day I got hurt — my family and friends and the whole support group I had since I’ve been home. This right here is for them. This is to prove that I’m taking full advantage of the second opportunity and all the support that people showed me,” Watson said.
He leaves for Tanzania on Tuesday.