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During a recent workout, he guided Hale through weight lifting sets. Hale hurled a large tire across the floor and hauled more than 200 pounds using a rope and sled.

One day, as if it wasn't challenge enough, Hale came in wearing an elevation mask fashioned to look like Darth Vader, which restricts his oxygen intake to imitate high elevations.

18 months he spent in hospitals and rehabilitation centers.

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Hale, an explosive ordnance technician, was injured after he uncovered an improvised bomb in Afghanistan on Dec. 8, 2011. Shrapnel lodged in his face as he was thrown high in the air. When he landed, he could no longer see.

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Hale, now blind after he was injured in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2011, is ready to reassess what he is capable of and figure out what's next for his life and career.

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On Oct. 2 he will arrive in Peru and spend the next two weeks traversing the Andes, scaling peaks between 17,000 and 18,000 feet.

Hale said that with Davis' help, he thinks he's ready.

"For the guys who have sacrificed part of their bodies or their minds, it's our way of giving back," he said. "It's the least I can do."

Hale and other wounded warriors to climb Andes next month GALLERY

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Davis said he doesn't think there's a member on his Special Forces team who hasn't seen someone get injured in front of them or been injured themselves. He was quick to step up for Hale.

EGLIN AFB Army Staff Sgt. Aaron Hale has been thinking about his upcoming retirement, which will arrive much sooner than the 34 year old had imagined.

He worked out some himself, but then called the Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) near Crestview to ask if anyone would lend a hand.

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Capt. Forrest Davis was practicing jumping out of a plane at the time, but got the message and immediately volunteered.

The two men joked throughout the workout. Hale said the Special Forces are a close knit brotherhood, but the soldiers have welcomed him with open arms.

The dozen wounded soldiers he will climb with have come home from war with a variety of disabilities, from traumatic brain injuries to post traumatic stress disorder, Hale said. One woman, a retired lieutenant colonel, is blind.

Being with other people who are working through injuries is good for Hale. They face similar challenges, and the climb becomes about more than just the physical challenge.

In July he found out the group Soldiers to Summits had selected him to climb the Andes along with a dozen other wounded warriors. He never had climbed before and had gained a little weight during the Converse Chucks Ii

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Hale, now blind after he was injured in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2011, is ready to reassess what he is capable of and figure out what's next for his life and career.

He's been to Colorado once for a practice climb and has picked up some techniques that will help him.

"The thing that is unifying about all of them is that they have that can't quit, won't quit attitude," Hale said.

been thinking about his upcoming retirement, which will arrive much sooner than the 34 year old had imagined.

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can grab the other end of the pole to guide him, and during the most treacherous stretches he can hold onto the back of the person in front of him.

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For several weeks, Davis has been working with Hale in the gym at the 7th Group's cantonment.

Teammates in front of him will ring a bear bell so he can follow the sound. He also will have a set of extra long trekking poles he can use like antennae. When the climb gets steeper his teammate Converse Dainty Mid Trainers White

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He said a lot of Converse Chuck 2 White the people he will be climbing with suffer from PTSD, which can be debilitating and cause them to avoid any kind of activity.

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