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.

Meet Soldier Hero Matt Nyman

In an earlier post, I mentioned that Matt Nyman has been having a tough time, particularly on the descents, both with his amputates leg and his other foot. Fortunately, he has been using a new innovative product from a company called SideStix that has allowed him to soldier on. As you read more about Matt, it will be obvious that he has the mental and physical toughness that it takes to climb a Himalayan peak!

Meet Soldier Hero Kathrine Raggazino

On our trek into the mountain, I have partnered with Katherine Raggazino, better known as Rizzo, as my guide. A big part of any team is the pure excitement and joy that one person can bring to everyone. On that count, Rizzo has given all of us an extra boost of energy.

Trials on the Trail

October 10, 10:30am PHERICHE – I’m writing from Pheriche, 14,200 feet, and I’m blown away how well the team is performing. No major altitude sickness or injuries. In Namche Bazaar, we had a team discussion and each of us devoted the next day’s hike to someone on the team. I picked Katherine Ragazzino (aka: Rizzo). A couple months ago on our Colorado training hike she guided me for the 1st time ringing a bear bell in front of me and pointing out obstacles. Out of Namche we hiked together again up the long steep hill into Tengboche.

Meed Soldier Hero Ike Isaacson

By any standard, Aaron "Ike" Isaacson is one of the toughest people I have ever met. His commitment to this team, and his fellow soldiers around the globe, is absolute. Like many of us, he has faced incredible adversity which he has learned to use as fuel that drives him on to greater things.

Soldiers Press Coverage

Even over here in Nepal, we are hearing about news reports on our expedition. My buddy Kevin Cherilla got a glamour boy photo and a cool article in his local paper (The Arizona Republic) and web site. Please let us know if you see any other media coverage around the country. We're heading out from Namche into the big mountains! This is when the real work begins for everyone.

Meet Soldier Hero Steve Baskis

We're on our way into the Khumbu now. So far, the expedition has been running relatively smoothly. Which isn't to say there haven't been problems but you always have to expect problems on any complicated mission. While we are trekking into Base Camp, I'd like to introduce you to some of our soldier heroes. Since I am blind, I of course share a special connection with 24-year-olde Steve Baskis. But while I lost my vision gradually at an early age, Steve lost his sight literally in the blink of an eye.

Kathmandu: Our Hero’s Journey Begins

After a year of fundraising, organizing, and recruiting I can’t believe we’re finally here in Kathmandu ready to embark on our adventure to climb Lobuche. I’m really proud of the team for all their hard work and training and I’m grateful for all the donors, sponsors, and World TEAM Sports community who have got us to this point.

"Into The Wind" premiers tonight!

As many of you know, I consider Terry Fox, the Canadian who defied cancer and set out to run coast-to-coast after losing a leg, a personal hero. He inspired me, and countless others, to take on our adversities. In fact, I mentioned Terry just the other day in the first excerpt from my book, The Adversity Advantage.

Great Achievement on El Cap!

Congrats to Steve Wampler! Last week, he became the first person with cerebral palsy to climb El Capitan in Yosemite. Until he began is six-day ascent, Steve had never spent more than 24 hours out of his powered wheel chair. He estimates that he made 20,000 pull-ups during the 3,000 foot climb.

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