Lexington woman returns from climbing mountain in honor of late husband


LEXINGTON (FOX 56/WKYT)– A Lexington woman just returned from climbing Gold Star Peak, a mountain in Alaska named by a non-profit group to honor families who have lost loved ones who died while serving our country.

Emily Chambers made the climb in honor of her late husband, Marine Corporal Nich Dieruf, who died in Iraw in 2004.

She had planned to make the climb last year, but the trip was delayed due to COVID-19. Chambers said although the climb was difficult, it was nothing compared to the sacrifices military men and women make.

“The climb was broken down into three phases, ” she said. “Each phase had its level of difficulty for one various reason or another. but it was easy to remember this was nothing– the shortness of breath, the sweat, the pain in your muscles– that’s nothing compared to the heartache of losing someone or the thought of what they went through when they were serving our country.”

Chambers says the timing of the trip made it even more meaningful because of the recent deaths of 13 U.S. servicemen in Afghanistan.

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