As John Krueger and I rappelled into the Ouray Ice Park on a weekend Veterans Expeditions trip in February of 2016, John said “We should go for the Liberty Ridge on Rainier; it’s totally within our ability.” I muttered something along the lines of “Yeah sounds awesome, let’s do it”—not thinking that it would
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
[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.
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
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 —
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