Blog posts in S2S

"High Ground" Shown at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida

Last Friday, our film High Ground, highlighting the struggles of injured soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan as they re-enter a civilian world, was shown at USCENTCOM (U.S. Central Command) in Tampa.  Major General Michael Garrett presided over our visit. We learned such a screening was unprecedented in USCENTCOM history, a huge honor for us all.

No Barriers South Pole Allied Challenge Meets the Queen

It is utterly amazing to witness individuals who push themselves to show the world what determination, teamwork, and a common vision can accomplish. Imagine cross-country skiing nine miles a day with a total of 208 miles over the course of 16 days in temperatures as low as -50 degrees Fahrenheit and winds blasting against you at 50mph. To add icing on the cake, put yourself in the shoes of someone pulling 154 pounds on an arctic sledge with your eyes and hearts set on the vision of reaching the South Pole.

Third S2S Expedition Returns – Two Steps Upward, One Slide Back

A couple weeks ago, I returned from our third Soldiers to Summits expedition high in the Peruvian Andes, with 15 veterans, all with either physical injuries or mental and psychological trauma. I met the team back in August at the No Barriers Summit during their first training session. I got acquainted with Aaron Hale, blind for less than two years. Aaron was leading an Army bomb squad when an IED exploded in his face. It took out his eyes, blew out his eardrums, took away his sense of smell and fractured his cranium and face bones.

Big October Ahead!

Today I am embarking on a month-long adventure in Peru. First, I’ll be joining a team of injured veterans as part of our third Soldiers to Summits expedition, set high in the Peruvian Andes. S2S is part of my No Barriers organization in which we use mountain journeys as both a metaphor and training ground for setting goals, building world-class teams, innovating through adversity and stepping up to lead and serve others again.

S2S Goes To Washington

Last week, I attended a successful event in the US Capitol at the High Ground screening hosted by Congressman Jeff Miller. Though attendance by Congressmen was not great due to a Congressional vote that went longer than expected, it proved to be a good opportunity to meet some of our corporate sponsors.

Soldiers To Summits accepting applications

I'm excited to announce that the next Soldiers To Summit program will culminate in October with an expedition to the Peruvian Andes! Please help spread the word about this fantastic opportunity for injured veterans--the deadline for applications is June 3rd.

What is Soldiers To Summits?

Check out this terrific short video that explains what our Soldiers To Summits program is all about! It was produced by my good friend Didrik Johnck.

A Soldier's Poem

I was really moved by this poem from Soldiers To Summits participant, Matt Burgess, which was inspired by our recent program. It speaks to me because it reflects the struggle and pain it takes to break through barriers, gain traction, and ultimately transform our lives. All that chaos, turmoil, and conflicting emotion represents the reality of change and growth, and that it’s the commitment to a lifetime of hard work, not just one program being a cure-all.

Lobuche drama

I know many of you have seen the movie High Ground. But you probably haven't seen this clip that didn't make the cut. It's a great example of how our team came together, dealt with major adversity, and saved the life of one of our soldiers. Starring my good friend, Jeff Evans! Thanks again to Michael Brown and his crew for recording all the drama.  

Cotopaxi video

Recently, I posted my thoughts about last month's Soldiers To Summits Cotopaxi program. Overall, it was a great success even though not everyone made it to the top of the mountain. We were fortunate to have talented photographer and videographer Didrik Johnck along. And he produced this exceptional 30-minute video about the climb.

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