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Weather, not disabilities, end Mount McKinley climb
Wounded warriors » Five men, all severely wounded in war, had to abandon their climb.

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The most difficult part of the climb was having to accept there were a number of elements outside their control, like weather, said Acosta, an Austin, Texas, native working on Wall Street.

"There’s a stinging sensation about not making it, but I think we all walked away saying we put in everything we could," Acosta said.

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The other members of the team were Marine Capt. David Borden, 31, of Hanover, Pa., the only active duty military member, and Ret. Army Sgt. Neil Duncan, 29, of Denver, the other double amputee.

Bauer, who like Acosta and Duncan, has climbed Tanzania’s 19,336-foot Mount Kilimanjaro, said his climbing days are over after the attempt to climb Mount McKinley.

At 64, Bauer is the oldest of the group. He said the younger men, "all said they want to beat this tiger, so stay tuned."

There are no doubts for Martin, who wants to return next year. "I’m going to climb that mountain. I know I can do it."

Acosta isn’t counting any of them out, and said there’s an absolute desire to return to Mount McKinley.

"I think we’re all accepting the fact the mountain isn’t going away, and we still have a lot of years left on us, Kirk included, so we’ll see where it goes," Acosta said.

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