Jessop’s has just had the pleasure of meeting & working with USMC Corporal Kionte Storey (retired) at our San Diego shop. Antarctica sure seems a long way from downtown San Diego, but Kionte was there just a few weeks ago on January 18, 2013 doing the improbable: climbing the 16,050 ft Mount Vinson. An epic challenge with frigid, arduous and hostile conditions for anyone to attempt but even more so for Kionte. Why? because he is an amputee. An explosion from an IED while deployed in Afghanistan in 2010 caused the loss of one leg and damage to the other and ultimately brought him to Balboa Navy Hospital here in San Diego.
The first hurdle of learning to walk with a prosthetic leg seemed a big enough goal. Kionte, however, set his mind to living without self imposed limitations and he dreamed big – aided by his friend and service-dog Koja. With the force of his personal determination and some help from the Wounded Warrior Project, plus the Heroes Project, he has become a competitive athlete and mountaineer of the highest order.