Summer 2016 has been a big one for the USAF 50 Summits Challenge, not only have we had great success leading Airmen and veterans to state summits, we were treated to visits by Army and Marine Corps members on our summer climbs as well. Very cool "Joint" operations!
Two of the toughest high-points in America were completed within two weeks of each other: Mt. Rainier of Washington followed shortly by Granite Peak of Montana. Both required a bit of technical skill, route finding, and robust risk management. Not everyone made it to the summit, but that's actually not the goal! The goal is always to get all participants back home safely... and hopefully a bit wiser/healthier/more alive. That did happen, so we continue the success of our mission!
Next up for the 50 Summits Challenge appears to be trips in North and/or South Dakota, Illinois and Missouri (led by leaders from Scott AFB), and perhaps Ohio as well. That would make for a great end-of-summer and beginning of fall!
Are you stationed in or near a state that hasn't been climbed yet? Sign up to lead a trip and we'll help you get the word out and plan your event. Has your state already been summited? No worries, we encourage Airmen to keep climbing their state highpoint. Contact us and we'll give you tips on how other Airmen have climbed that particular highpoint and then we'll get your event up on social media for max participation.
Be safe, enjoy the summer, and CLIMB ON! -RMM
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