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July is almost upon us.  That means we are just three weeks from our inaugural climb promoting "Airmen-Taking-Care-of-Airmen" (July 19-22).  We've got a few spots left on the Mt. Rainier trip, so if you know someone that would benefit from this climb, let us know.  Perhaps you're looking to join us?  Blow off some steam, sweat with some new friends as you push yourself mentally and physically on one of the most beautiful mountains in the world? ... Do it!

We already have about eight climbers with us.  It's a mix of military and civilian, men and women- an Iraq veteran who lost a leg to an IED, an Air Force Academy grad who is now a physical therapist at the VA in San Diego, a prior Airmen who now works in the medical field in Boise, a few AF pilots from all over, a doctor from Boise, and a financial manager from NYC.

We have room for more, so it's not too late to throw your name in the hat and join in this awesome experience  Just read about the details under the "What's Next" tab at the top of this page and then contact us at usaf7summits@gmail.com.  Climbing experience not necessary- we'll show you the ropes.  It's sure to be an adventure and climbing Mt. Rainier will lift your spirits, get your heart rate up, and change your life for the better!  

--Maj Rob Marshall

 
 
We are just flying back to our respective duty stations after 17 hours in New York City.  The team self-funded the trip for three Airmen that were part of the Everest expedition.  Maj Marshall, Capt Merrin and SMSgt Disney went live on Fox & Friends, made a surprise appearance on the Today Show, and then gave an inspiring interview on Fox News Radio.  Below is a link to the radio interview (which includes video) and YouTube posts of their other on-camera appearances.

We want to send a HUGE thanks out to the people that supported this event.  It was a positive message that Americans all over the nation heard and we couldn't have done it without your help.  Not only will it spread patriotism, but it'll help us introduce US Airmen to the healing powers of mountaineering and time outdoor.

The Mt. Rainier climb in July is coming along nicely.  We have several people signed up, included a guest climber: SSgt Chad Jukes, who lost a leg serving in the Army.  He's an accomplished climber and will help us teach Airmen how to reach new summits!
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Click to see and hear the interview
 

The Next Step...

6/8/2013

 
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Good Morning Everyone!  This is the first blog post of what will hopefully be many years of exciting, patriotic mountaineering events that will inspire and elevate members of the US Air Force.

After traveling the world's mountains for the last eight years and flying the Air Force and American flags from the summit of grand mountains, we're shifting gears.  It's time to take this mountaineering experience and momentum and use it to help Airmen struggling with mental and physical trauma.  Whether it be battlefield wounds or a bout of depression, we want to introduce our fellow Airmen to the healing power of mountain summits.