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Reclaiming the Edge, When Veterans Climb

Date: 17 Nov, 2016  1 Comment  Joshua Oakley

Eight shadows make their way over an icy slope guided by headlamps and instinct. As most Americans snuggle deeper under the covers in predawn slumber, this group climbs higher, pushing onward over rugged terrain. While their goal is to get to the top of Mount Rainier by sunrise, their purpose stretches far beyond reaching the


9/11 Mummy Range Climb powered by Osprey

Date: 04 Nov, 2016  No Comments  Joshua Oakley

See this blog in its original posting on the Osprey site http://www.ospreypacks.com/stories/a-day-to-remember/ For many of us, the date September 11th will forever stand sharply in our minds. Just hearing the words nine-eleven evokes a certain surge of memories, a prickly recollection of a normal day turned chaos, only 15 years ago. Just ask any American over


Adidas Terrex Scope GTX — Gear Review

Date: 21 Oct, 2016  No Comments  Joshua Oakley

When packing for a 21 day expedition to a six thousand meter peak (Mera Peak) one of the most important gear choices is footwear. I had three options strewn about the gear room; La Sportiva Hyper mid GTX, 5.10 Guide Tennie, and the Adidas Terrex Scope GTX. Based on previous experience I’ve had with the


2016 Winter Trips Recap

Date: 05 Apr, 2016  2 Comments  Joshua Oakley

We ran 10 trips this winter season snowshoeing, mountaineering, ice climbing, and fat biking in New Hampshire and Colorado. We had just under 200 veterans and active duty military get outside with us this winter season. We had beginners out all season and had some advanced vets out pushing their limits. We had trips with


Veteran Climbing Night at Salt Pump Climbing

Date: 22 Mar, 2016  No Comments  Joshua Oakley

Veteran Climbing Night at Salt Pump Climbing Scarborough, ME First Monday of every Month.


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