DISABLED SPORTS USA wrote -
5 Wounded Warriors. 4 Good Legs. 3 Wars. 2 Generations. 1 Mountain.
On June 10, 2012, a team of five wounded warriors will begin their challenge to summit Denali (Mt. McKinley) in Alaska, at 20,320’ the highest mountain in North America and one of the coldest in the world. Team Warfighter Sports will test their limits, stamina and endurance while raising awareness of the abilities of our nation’s wounded warriors and inspire others with disabilities.
The Denali Challenge will begin shortly after Memorial Day to honor the sacrifices of America’s heroes and end around Independence Day, a day that celebrates the freedoms won by military service members.Team Warfighter Sports includes two double leg amputees, two single above knee amputees and one wounded warrior with severe muscle damage in the legs. The team includes warriors from two generations (the oldest is 64 and youngest is 29) and three wars, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Cheer on their commitment by pledging your support! Funds raised will ensure that sports rehabilitation programs for wounded warriors continue to be offered free of cost through DSUSA's Warfighter Sports!
Facts about Denali
Facts about Team Warfighter Sports
Team Warfighter Sports Members
Tentative Itinerary- West Buttress Route
June 10: Meeting Day in Anchorage, AK (Start Date)
June 11: Fly to Base Camp in Kahiltna Glacier 7,200’
June 12: Move to 7,200’ near the E Fork of the Kahlitna Glacier
June 13: Move to 8,500' +/- on the Kahiltna
June 14: Move to 10,200’
June 15: Move to 11,200'
June 16: Move to 13,000, area known as Polo Fields, just below Windy Corner
June 17: Move to 14,200’ (4330m)
June 18: Back-carry day
June 19: Rest/Acclimatization day
June 20: Rest/Acclimatization/ Skills day
June 21: Move to 16,200’ and camp on the Ridge
June 22: Move to 17,200’ (5244m)
June 23: Move to high camp at 18,200' +/- on the Upper Harper Glacier, north of Denali Pass
June 24: Rest Day
June 25: Summit Day! Descent and fly to Talkeetna
June 26: First Descent Day
June 27: Second Descent Day
June 28- July 2 Contingency Days, Fly to Talkeetna
July 3: Fly Home
A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for making this climb possible!
About Warfighter Sports
Warfighter Sports, a program of Disabled Sports USA, offers sports rehabilitation for severely wounded warriors in military hospitals and communities across the U.S. through a nationwide network of over 100 community-based chapters. Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has proudly served wounded warriors, including those injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, offering over 30 winter and summer sports at more than 100 events each year. Warfighter Sports rebuildslives through sports by improving self-confidence, promoting independence and uniting families through shared healthy activities.
Contributions cover all expenses for participation, including individualized adaptive instruction, adaptive sports equipment, transportation, lodging and meals for the warrior and a family member. Since 2003, more than 5,600 of the most severely wounded and their families have been served, including those with amputations, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, visual impairments, and significant nerve and muscle damage. For more information, visit www.warfightersports.org.
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