Next Mission: Mt. rainier july 19-22
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Mt rainier climb
Climb Mt. Rainier with the USAF7Summits Team July 20-22!
This climb has been organized to introduce the healing power of climbing to individuals who may be suffering from PTSD, a physical disability, depression, or just looking to blow off some stress. We will also promote physical fitness, resiliency, risk management, and camaraderie amongst Airmen. Non-military and other Airmen welcome to join us!
No previous climbing experience required! We are seeking individuals that have endured hardship from their service such as physical or mental injuries and other climbers that will support the team with the challenges of climbing this beautiful mountain.
Fundraising efforts will be conducted to help offset the cost or pay outright for wounded warriors/Airmen in-need sponsored by the climb. Climbers will be asked to raise $1000 each to participate. The excess funds will be used to support Airmen on future climbs.
Climbers will need to arrive in Seattle on Friday July 19th and then drive to Ashford, WA. The team will meet in Ashford on Friday night (lodging already arranged) and Saturday morning and start the climb Saturday morning by hiking from Paradise (5400') to Camp Muir (10,000') which will take approximately 5-7 hours.
The team will camp at Camp Muir Saturday night and then spend Sunday learning mountaineering techniques and how to use the equipment required to scale the massively glaciated peak of Mt. Rainier.
Sunday night will be the second night at the high camp after which the team will make a very early wakeup on Monday morning to attempt the climb to the summit via the Disappointment Clever route. The team will climb through the early morning darkness with the goal of summiting Monday morning and then returning all the way to the trailhead that same day.
The climbers will stay in Ashford on Monday night (Whittaker Bunkhouse) and should plan for Tuesday July 23rd flights home from Seattle.
Climbing experience is not required; we plan on teaching the required skills to safely climb the mountain. Equipment will be available for rent in Ashford at http://www.whittakermountaineering.com/rentals.
Climbers do need to be capable of carrying 30-40 lbs in a backpack and hiking/climbing for three days in a row and over 12 hours on summit day. We do have the ability to absorb weight and limit time on our feet for individuals with specific disabilities, so please contact us with questions about abilities or specific levels of fitness.
Climbers will need to be ready to pay for transportation to and from Seattle, to and from Ashford WA, lodging in Ashford for two nights, shared team food/equipment ($20 ea), climbing permit ($40), and all personal snacks, food when not on the mountain, and personal gear for the climb.
If you are interested in participating or would like to nominate an Airman facing mental or physical challenges to be sponsored to make this climb, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maj Mark Uberuaga
Co-Founder, USAF 7 Summits Challenge
Original Goal of the USAF 7 Summits Challenge:
U.S. Airmen flying the Air Force and American Flags from the highest point on every continent.
This mission has been accomplished.