A great team of military veterans and non veterans assembled this past weekend to climb Mt. Elbert. We had veterans from the Army, Air force, Marines, Navy, and even the D.O.D. Our group ranged from veterans who served 20 years ago to veterans who just got off active duty. We ranged the spectrum of physical and mental abilities and some might say disabilities. I didn’t see any disabled people in this group however. All I saw was a very able and willing group of veterans and non veterans who chose to spend some time with each other outside. We climbed our way up Mt Elbert together for those who served, those too broken to join us, and the fallen. We were inspired by the effort of Tommy Carroll trying to climb his first fourteen thousand foot mountain (14er). Tommy climbs with 1 good leg and 1 prosthetic leg that he has built for himself. Tommy is more able than most people I know with 2 legs. VetEx and Tommy reached the top of Mt. Elbert at 14,439 feet. We are here to support our veterans on and off the mountain.
Thanks to all for a great day out. Next on the VetEx schedule:
VetEx Rainier July 8-15
VetEx Presents at REI July 18th at Denver REI
VetEx Presents at Boulder REI July 20th
VetEx Epic Day 2 Longs Peak July 21st
VetEx Epic Day 3 30 miles in RMNP