WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Just days after the nation commemorated Veterans’ Day, Stacy Bare, Director of the Sierra Club’s Mission Outdoors program, was announced as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year. A U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq, Bare was selected in recognition of his work to get his fellow veterans outside. As one of just 13 honorees, he was nominated alongside former Army Ranger Nick Watson, with whom Bare co-founded the organization Veterans Expeditions.
“Every veteran knows that our service doesn’t just end when we return home from war. It continues every day, from our role helping our fellow veterans through trauma to fighting for the ideals of public democracy that are so well embodied in our public lands system,” said Bare. “It is a privilege to be able to fulfill those responsibilities by connecting veterans, active duty service members, and their families to the outdoors. And it is a true honor to be recognized alongside Nick Watson for the work we do as our duty and our passion.”
As part of the Sierra Club’s Mission Outdoors work, Bare has led veterans and military families on trips from Mt. Rainier to Glacier National Park to Patapsco State Park in Maryland. Sierra Club Mission Outdoors provides a variety of opportunities for veterans, military service members and their families to find adventure, camaraderie, a sense of mission, and relaxation through outdoor experiences, including a number of deeply discounted or free outdoor adventures and expeditions for our military and veteran communities. Since 2006, when the initiative began, the Sierra Club has helped over 50,000 veteran and active servicemen and their families get outdoors.
Through Veterans Expeditions, Bare and Watson got 250 veterans involved in their outings, training programs, and community-building efforts in 2013, including paddling and fishing Alaska’s Togiak River, climbing iconic peaks in Washington State, and hiking New England’s Presidential Range. In 2011, they summited Wyoming’s Grand Teton with a team comprised of veterans to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
“The Sierra Club's motto is to explore, enjoy, and protect our planet -- and Stacy embodies the spirit of each of those actions every day,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. “Stacy’s love of our country and our planet is contagious, and it drives him to connect more and more Americans to our wild places. We are fortunate to have Stacy as a part of our family, carrying the torch of the Sierra Club’s military legacy to the next generation of American servicemen and women and spreading the word about the intrinsic value of our public lands to families across the nation.”
National Geographic encourages readers to vote for People's Choice Adventurer of the Year, allowing votes daily through the end of January. The winner will be announced in February.
About the Sierra Club
The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2.1 million members and supporters nationwide. In addition to creating opportunities for people of all ages, levels and locations to have meaningful outdoor experiences, the Sierra Club works to safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and litigation. For more information, visit http://www.sierraclub.org.