Sierra Club Outdoors
Trips for the Military, Veterans, and their Families
2014 911 Climb: Ptarmigan Traverse, Sep 6–14, 2014.
Sierra Club Military Outdoors Veterans will journey deep into the mountains of the North Cascades of Washington with the Ptarmigan Traverse as our objective. We will press or personal limits in some of the wildest country in the lower 48 in honor of the events of 911 and the following two wars that irrevocably changed our generation.
"There's nothing more familiar than planning the next days summit attempt, working as a team, with each member having a specific role, to execute that plan. Programs like this take the rewarding components of combat- camaraderie and a sense of mission, and apply it to mountaineering. You quickly form bonds with fellow veterans you've really only just met, and take on ambitious goals together."
—Dan Wiwczar, Military Outdoors Veteran
"Sharing the beauty of nature with someone for the first time and seeing the smile on their face is the best feeling. It really inspires me when young people from our participant groups become involved with ICO to help share their experiences with others and become amazing trip leaders."
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—Vinny Abeygunawardena, ICO Raft Guide and Leader
"Leading Outings is simply the most enjoyable and easiest form of environmental activism there is. You get people out on the trail and the woods and mountains and rivers do all the persuading. People have a great time and there's no need to preach or cajole. Leading outings is a great way to recharge and reconnect with what got you into the Sierra Club in the first place. I highly recommend it!"
—Local Outings Leader Rick Marshall, Camas, WA
From Our Blog
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