Blog posts in Mountaineering

Conquering The Climb

In case you missed the premier this morning, here is the show. Great stuff! This 1/2 hour special about our Soldiers To The Summit expedition aired on The Pentagon Channel. Much of the footage came from Michael Brown and the folks at Serac Adventures who are now busily at work editing the full-length movie. You can learn more about the film on the newly launched web site. We are actively working on raising funds for the film and a nationwide tour that will feature many of the soldiers.

Soldiers on the Pentagon!

A quick heads-up for a show premiering Monday morning (3/7/11) about our Soldiers To The Summit expedition. RECON is a monthly 1/2 hour news show that airs on The Pentagon Channel and features stories highlighting accomplishments of U.S. military men and women. Many local cable providers offer TPC but if you don't have that option, you can watch the show on their web site: www.pentagonchannel.mil. We haven't seen it yet but this should be worth watching!

A Soldier Reflects

It's been about three months since we returned from Nepal and our successful ascent of Lobuche. For many of us, it has been a whirlwind of activity as we try to make the movie of our climb become a reality. Others on our team are busy with their own projects. Although we are all immersed in our lives here at home, each of us has been deeply affected by our experiences on that adventure.

Seasons Greetings!

As the end of the year approaches, I look back on a 2010 that was exhausting, but exciting and fulfilling too. I had many highlights but the absolute apex was my Soldiers to the Summit Expedition in October. I was recently combing through www.soldierstothesummit.org and found two letters, one from the mother of our soldier teammate, Mat Nyman, and the second from Brian Smith, who leads 3DATS, one of our sponsors. It's a satisfying feeling to know this climb made a difference in both of their lives.

Expedition News

Our Soldiers To The Summit expedition is continuing to attract media attention around the nation. In the Phoenix newspaper, Dan Sidles and Kevin Cherilla were featured in a big article. And recently Chad Butrick and I were guests on the morning show of our NBC television station in Denver (click the link for an article and video of our appearance).

Veterans Day Tribute

This powerful and beautiful video tribute is part of the footage that Michael Brown brought back from our Soldiers To The Summit Expedition. Please watch it and share with your friends!

Lobuche trip report

I’m finally home from my Soldiers to the Summit expedition after what seems like a long time away. I’ve actually been home for a week now dealing with a case of giardia (a nasty waterborne parasite) on the expedition that manifested itself during my last few days in country. As they say, you can leave Nepal, but it doesn’t leave you. So I’ve been laying low over the last week trying to kick this tough illness. Seems there’s often a price to pay for reaching for big things.

A Lost Friend

The euphoria of our successful Soldiers To The Summit expedition has been dampened by the tragic news of the loss of our friend, Chhewang Nima Sherpa. Only seven days after he stood with us on the summit of Lobuche, Chhewang was fixing ropes near the summit of Baruntse, which is one valley to the east. He was at about 23,000 feet when a corniced ridge collapsed, sweeping him away. An immediate rescue was launched but it eventually had to be called off due the danger to rescuers.

Final Team Call from Kathmandu

Please join our Soldiers To The Summit team for a live broadcast from Kathmandu! It starts at 11 AM Eastern time and will last about an hour. You can ask the soldiers questions about their experience, either by typing them in or by voice if your computer has a microphone. Here is the registration link for Wednesday's final Lobuche webinar: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/685125048

Summit Day was...

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

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