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Local soldier climbs Mt. McKinley

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So what is the tallest peak in North America?

It's Mount McKinley in Alaska.

Colton Carr is a Clay County, Alabama native in the U.S. Army. He was part of a team that climbed Mount McKinley in just under two weeks.

Adventure seekers might try climbing Alaska's Mount McKinley, but Carr climbed McKinley not just for thrills.

He and seven other soldiers made the journey in part for cold weather training. Carr says some aspects of the trip were unexpected.

"I knew it would be physical and mental," Carr said. "I think as far as breaking each one of those down, I didn't realize how much preparation, how much physical and mental training as far as each one of them broken down that it would take to get to the top. But I'm glad we all made it safely and we all made it together as a whole group."

By accomplishing something of this magnitude, Carr says he has gained a lot moving forward.

"It teaches you a lot about how much physical ability, mental control and stuff that you have about yourself to keep going whenever times do get tough," Carr said. "Just pushing through the hard times."

Would Carr do it again?

"I would have to think about it," Carr said. "I've had a couple of people ask me that. I think doing it again might be a little bit easier because I know more about what I'm getting myself into as far as physically and the terrain. I would have to really think on it."

And we'll let Carr take it from here.

"I'd just like to say hey to my family and friends," Carr said. "I want to tell them I love them, I miss them, and I'll see them when I can."

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