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
Sierra Club Outdoors Nation: The following trip report and testimonial was written by student Vimary Toribio from NYC ICO, a new CatRock Sierra Club Youth Leader describing the recent leadership retreat which featured caving, hiking, rafting, fishing, and swimming the weekend of June 7 ...
Left to Right: Joshua Brandon, Stacy Bare, Tim Brown, Chad Spangler, Kathleen Koch The Russell Senate Building on Capitol Hill in DC feels about as far away from the wilderness as one could get. I made my way down endless marble halls, past imposing double-doored conference rooms and offices to...
By Briana Okyere Asked why she feels it's important to expose young people to the natural environment and the great outdoors, Tucson elementary school teacher Cheryl Walling, above, responds with a John Muir quote from his 1912 book, The Yosemite: "Everybody needs beauty as well as...
By Stacy Bare, Sierra Club Outdoors Director via sierraclub.typepad.com Read all about the new name, and same acronym, for Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) our amazing program working with 15,000 folks each year to get outdoors in an amazing, now 55 cities and towns across the country! Want...
By Stacy Bare, Sierra Club Outdoors Director Please join us in our excitement over a new name for our beloved ICO program. As of July 1, we are no longer Inner City Outings. We are Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors. The acronym ICO and the mission -- to provide opportunities for people (...