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On 9/11, Veterans Climb the Grand Teton to Symbolize the Resilience of the Human Spirit

The outdoors is routinely recognized for the healing, therapeutic qualities it extends to humans, and on this anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy a small group of veterans is climbing 13,770-foot Grand Teton today in Grand Teton National Park.

The climb, titled the Paradox Sports 9-11 Veterans Climb and explained in this article, is intended to demonstrate that veterans, despite injuries and trauma experienced in combat, remain determined to live life to the fullest.

“It’s very symbolic,” says Andrew Sullens in the article, one of the veterans on today’s climb.  Sullens lost a leg following an IED blast in Afghanistan.

You can tweet climbers at @MyBrightMtn. Below is a video of veterans who climbed Grand Teton last Sept. 11. May the beauty and grandeur of the outdoors bring peace and comfort to all affected by war and the events of 9/11 more than a decade ago.


Grand Teton photo courtesy of National Park Service.

Posted on at 11:45 AM

Tagged: Climbing, Grand Teton National Park, Mountaineering, Rock climbing and national parks

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Thanks for highlighting the work of our veterans TD! We also had folks climbing on Mt. Shuksan in the North Cascades, Mt. Ajak in the San Juans, and Mt. Washington in the Presidentials on 9/11. We'd love to get the members of REI involved in supporting and climbing together in the future!

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