October 18, 2010
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.
A few weeks ago, prior to my departure for Nepal, my team and I took part in the annual Anchor Center for Blind Children fundraiser hike. The Anchor Center provides early childhood education for blind children and their families to help develop life skills that will prepare them for traditional school and beyond. They do wonderful work helping these kids and their families and I am so pleased to be a part of their fundraising efforts. In the four years we have been involved, the Anchor Center has raised nearly $20,000 through these hikes.
This year over 70 people joined us for our climb of Mt. Goliath, located on the flanks of one of Colorado’s most famous 14ers, Mt. Evans. It was a great climb, beginning just below treeline and coursing through a forest of 1,600-year-old bristlecone pine trees, before opening up to spectacular views overlooking Denver and the Colorado Front Range. In the past, participants of the fundraiser hike have been supporters of the Anchor Center, but this year we were excited to be joined by some graduates of the Anchor Center’s pre-K programs who were eager to get out and show off their hiking skills.
Some of the sighted hikers were even brave enough to let me show them some techniques for blind hiking, so we blindfolded them and they learned how I use trekking poles to feel my way down the trail.
It was a sunny, beautiful Colorado Fall day and we finished it off with a family BBQ picnic at the Echo Lake campground. I am glad to have the opportunity to help the Anchor Center raise money for its programs and I’m looking forward to next year’s hike.