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Determination on Denali

Date: 18 Mar, 2016  No Comments  Joshua Oakley

Sweeping glacial valleys punctuated by jagged peaks stretch endlessly below us. Our tiny, winged chariot swerves hard right and lands on a nondescript field of snow, more sledding hill than an airstrip. We scramble to unload all our gear and then suddenly the plane disappears with a loud flash. An eerie silence moves in and


3rd Annual Alaska LRRP Fly-fishing Adventure June 27th – July 5th with Wild River Guides

Date: 29 Oct, 2015  No Comments  Joshua Oakley

[foogallery id=”4721″] A team of Veterans undertakes the first fly-fishing expedition on the Kanektok River of 2015; adapting techniques of “LRRP”, Long Range Reconnaissance and Patrol. From the trip log of June 27th, 2015. “The team of 7 Veterans accompanied by a journalist assembled in Dillingham and joined the staff of Alaska’s Wild River Guides.


Veterans Climb North America’s Tallest Peak to Heal the Wounds of War

Date: 21 Sep, 2015  No Comments  Joshua Oakley

Eight puffy figures tethered together by two neon orange ropes creep slowly and methodically along a snow-covered ridge, barely a boot-width across. Each team member carefully places one foot in front of the other, fully aware that a fall here simply cannot happen. Periodically, the entire slithering serpent drops to the ground—faces and bellies in


Mountaineering can offer vets a chance to get out of their ‘own head’

Date: 10 Sep, 2015  No Comments  Joshua Oakley

There’s something about veterans and the call of the mountains. Sure, the adventure and the adrenaline and everything that comes with being outdoors is a big part of it.But perhaps nowhere else in the civilian world is that single-minded sense of mission and clarity of focus — so much a part of military life —


VetEx 2015 Winter Recap

Date: 05 Sep, 2015  No Comments  Joshua Oakley

This winter we ran snowshoe and ice climbing trips in New Hampshire, New York, and Colorado. Hundreds of military veterans attended our trips. Our 1st Annual VetFest in North Conway, New Hampshire kicked off the season with Ice Climbing for all abilities and a successful Mount Washington mountaineering summit attempt. VetFest saw vets and military


National Geographic Society: Innovators Project

Date: 30 Jun, 2014  No Comments  Joshua Oakley

Nick Watson: Bringing the Wilderness Solution to Vets Mountaineering provides a powerful boost to veterans returning from war. National Geographic Society THE INNOVATORS PROJECT Text by Mark Jenkins   A climber suddenly falls into a crevasse and Nick Watson dives into the snow with his ice ax. The rope goes taut and Watson, a bearded, muscled