Earlier this month Sierra Club Outdoors, in partnership with Our Wild America, led a group of three military veterans to the summit of Mt. Olympus in support of the local Wild Olympics Campaign and in remembrance of the tragic events that took place on September 11, 2001. Over the five and half day journey, the three veterans climbed 48 miles with 11,000 feet of elevation change on five peaks and two glaciers. Part of their "Veteran's Climbing Series", this event allowed these veterans the opportunity to reflect on the victories and tragedies that have since followed September 11 while also challenging themselves in the wilderness. Read more about this journey from the perspective of one of the climbers and see the breathtaking photos of their journey here.
Since 2010 the Sierra Club has helped lead groups of veterans to summits at national parks around the country. In addition to this year's climb, Sierra Club Outdoors is planning to take six additional veterans to the summit of the North Cascades in Washington.