Stephanie served in the United States Army for 4.5 years and did two combat tours in Iraq. She moved to Colorado and met a fellow veteran at Community College of Denver. He told her about Veterans Expeditions and she was intrigued but intimidated. She had no prior experience hiking or climbing. Her friend told her how welcoming VetEx was and how the trip leaders were happy to guide beginners. She joined a snowshoe trip shortly after and immediately fell in love with the outdoors was excited to get outside with likeminded veterans. Using her GI Bill, Stephanie graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering. She lives and works in Denver, Colorado. In her free time she loves to hike, stand up paddleboard and snowboard. After a few years of joining trips with VetEx, Stephanie heard about the VetEx Women’s Denali Team she knew she wanted to be a part of it. She loves being a member of a team and training towards a goal. Summiting Denali with a group of women veterans is going to be a life changing experience. She hopes that this will inspire other women vets to get outside and hopefully join Veterans Expeditions on a trip or two!