2010 Archive

Summit Day was...

Check out this great little bit of ambush journalism by my friend and professional photographer Didrik Johnck!

A Climber's View

Brad Bull was with me on our Everest climb almost a decade ago and we've stayed friends ever since. On that expedition, he reached the summit with his dad, Sherman Bull, and they became the first father-son team to climb Everest (Sherman was also the oldest summiter, though that record has since been surpassed). When I brought up the subject of the Soldiers to the Summit Expedition, both Brad and Sherman leapt at the opportunity!

Anchor Center Hike

Now that our successful Soldiers to the Summit expedition is on the way home from Lobuche, I'd like to share some of the other things that have been going on. Not all adventures have to be big and sometimes small adventures can inspire as well.

Soldier's First Hand Account

Check out this personal account of our Lobuche climb by former soldier Chad Butrick. This was written while the experience was still fresh and raw in his mind. After losing his leg, Chad was actually told that he should give up an active life. I think his post gives a sense of what all our soldiers are feeling now.

Soldiers on the Summit!

We did it! On October 13th, eight of our injured soldiers reached the 20,075-foot summit of Lobuche. These men and women overcame their injuries, gave it their all, and achieved a great victory—not only for themselves but for other veterans, disabled people, and all of our sponsors.

Meet Soldier Hero Chad Jukes

It's going to take a while to upload all the photos and videos from our summit day. In the meantime, let me tell you a bit about one of our more experienced soldiers. It's been over a year since we first met and teamed up to climb a famous 365-foot ice climb outside Telluride, Colorado called Bridal Veil Falls. During that ascent, Chad impressed me with his level-headedness and willpower. So it's no surprise that he was right there with us at the top of Lobuche!

Eight Soldiers to the Summit!

I'm happy to report that our team achieved our goal! All eleven soldiers made it to high camp, however, three elected to make that their summit. The remaining eight soldiers—Steve Baskis, Chad Butrick, Aaron Isaacson, Chad Jukes, Nicolette Maroulis, Justin Moore, Matt Nyman, and Dan Sidles—aided by our team of climbers and Sherpas reached the top of Lobuche on Thursday. It was a long, hard day and we're all exhausted yet elated. We will make our way down to Base Camp in the morning and give you more details. The entire team really pulled together to make this challenge a huge success.

Base Camp video tour

Check out my buddy Luis giving a tour of our Base Camp. As you can tell, Luis is a bundle of energy... little wonder that he's climbed Everest 6 times!

Meet Soldier Hero Ashley Crandall

Greetings from Base Camp! It seems like it's taken forever to get here, though it's actually just been a year of planning and a week of trekking. Now we are finally poised to climb our mountain. Getting this far has been a true challenge for everyone involved with the hardest work about to begin. While we all know that we are taking on huge adversity, with that risk comes even bigger rewards.

Spiritual Warrior: A Mom’s Take on Her Lost Son

Lona Parton, our trekker who lost her son spoke last night in front of the group. She told us about her amazing son Tyler who died in Afghanistan. He was a graduate of West Point, fluent in Arabic, and a musical genius who loved to climb mountains and play his guitar at the top. She told us in the months after his death she also wanted to die, but then she realized she needed to live on to be a good mother to her to remaining children. Her second son is about to graduate from West Point and will soon be deployed overseas.