It took a region Marine and 14 of his fellow servicemen nine hours last weekend to "scale Everest" using the strength of their arms.
In an email composed in southern Afghanistan, Chief Warrant Officer Aaron McKee — a Crete, Ill., native — told The Times on Monday that his group raised about $11,300 for the Wounded Warriors program Saturday through its self-dubbed Mount Everest Pull-Up Challenge.
The group accepted online pledges to do enough pull-ups to equal the 29,030-foot height of Mt. Everest, estimating that each pull-up equaled about 2 feet. They came up with the idea while using the pull-up bars at their base to relieve tension during their off hours, McKee said. The group is stationed in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan.
The Wounded Warriors program serves disabled military veterans, many of whom have lost arms or legs in combat.
"Things went really well," McKee said in the Monday email. "We hit the summit in nine hours. ... Started at 5 a.m. and finished at 2 p.m. with 15,187 (pull-ups) or something."