Former Level Plains councilman makes third attempt to reach top of Chimborazo volcano

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LEVEL PLAINS, Ala. (WDHN) — Former Level Plains councilman James Bullinger came just 535 ft. away from scaling the Chimborazo volcano in Ecuador.

The 63-year-old scaled more than 20,000 feet before having to turn back. It was his third attempt to scale the mountain.

Bullinger put his body through a grueling physical training over a several month period in order to prepare for the challenge. He told WDHN he was disappointed he didn’t make it to the top but he feels like a lot has been accomplished.

“I’m happy with what I did, to get to 20,000 feet for somebody my age,” Bullinger told WDHN. “Going from sea level and getting up there to 20,000 feet in nine days I feel is quite an accomplishment and I’m happy with that at least.”

Bullinger told WDHN he’s not sure whether he’ll make a fourth attempt but he hopes to serve as an inspiration that nothing is impossible.

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