Sierra Club Outdoors

Testimonials

For 7 days, the Boston Basin became my home. It welcomed me with frustration, exhaustion, and more than my share of bruises. The mountain took every opportunity to test my physical strength and psychological vulnerabilities.

Every night, defeated, I sat under the stars wondering why I took on this journey. Every morning the crisp air of the sunrise reminded me why.

Life gets complicated after deployment. Every day for almost a year, I left a piece of myself in the mountains of Afghanistan.  In that void, the sight, smell, and sounds of war followed me home. I thought that I was climbing the North Cascades make a film. But that's not why the mountain called my name.

The mountain wanted to return something to me that was left behind on a battlefield on the other side of the world...

My peace. My purpose. My sanity.

Words cannot express how thankful I am to the Sierra Club Outdoors and Adventure Film School for giving me the opportunity to heal the wounds of war through fun, friendship, and filmmaking.There is no better place to clear you mind than being in the great outdoors.

If you can't see the forest through the trees, then get above the tree line.

Elle Hansen, OIF, OEF Veteran

The veteran film school was an extraordinary experience - top to bottom for me.  I learned a helluva lot about both filmmaking and climbing - not to mention PACKING! 

- Ben Patton

I figured the adventure film course in the northern Cascades would be great because, really, how could it not be? A week of alpine climbing with other vets while learning how to make movies. But I wasn't expecting the days to be as amazing as they were, or that I'd learn as much as I did, about alpine climbing, film making, and the experiences and perspectives of others on the trip.

- Brian Mockenhaupt, OIF Veteran, Journalist

From Our Blog

2 weeks 1 day ago
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3 weeks 5 days ago
You hear a lot from us about what our programming is doing here at Sierra Club Outdors, so today, we figured we'd let you know about what our participants think of the programming! -I had such a great time, the volunteers are so great! I'm so thankful for this experience I wouldn't have...
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1 month 3 days ago
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