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Colorado Springs vets prove they're Colorado Strong

The two friends and amputees climbed Pikes Peak over the weekend

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COLORADO SPRINGS - It was an idea born nearly a year ago when Thomas Scott was talking with his friend and fellow Navy veteran, Brian Duprey.

"We were actually staring at Pikes Peak and we were looking at it and just like, 'wouldn't it be crazy to go up there one day,'" Scott said. "And (Brian) was like, 'yeah, how about we do it.'"

Hiking a 14er is quite a feat for anyone. But for Scott and Duprey, it's probably even more so.

The two are both amputees. They met while recovering from their injuries in a Naval hospital.

"I was in a wheelchair for, I think, about eight months, and I just basically had to slowly learn how to walk again correctly," Duprey said.

Scott went through a similar journey.

"When I first got hurt in Afghanistan in March 2010, I went from just being bedridden, then to a wheelchair, and then progressing through rehab," he said. "I didn't think I could do anything physical anymore, and I've overcome those things, and right now, Pikes Peak is one of those things I would like to overcome."

The two already hiked the Manitou Incline and Devil's Playground.

And this past Saturday, they took on Pikes Peak via Barr Trail.

They were joined by a few friends and fellow veterans on the journey. The group took off just before 5 a.m.

Scott made it to the summit around 1:30 p.m. Duprey joined him around 3 p.m.

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