**Quick shout out to Chardon VFW Post 6519 who donated $500 to Hero Dogs! To keep the tax credit, they were not able to donate through this GoFundMe page**
My challenge... is to climb all of Mt. Everest’s 29029 vertical feet (that's sea-level to summit), in a weekend.
I'll be traveling to Snowbasin Resort, Utah - where I'll be aiming to complete at least 13 summits (equivalent to 29029 vertical feet and ~30 miles). After each lap, we take the gondola down to the base and repeat. I have 36 hours to complete as many summits and vertical feet as possible.
You can see more details about the event here: https://29029everesting.com/
Why am I doing this? Once the busyness of military and college life was over, my beautiful wife and I settled down in MN to start careers. However, I found I was soon becoming complacent in life and was losing my adventurous and challenge seeking side.
When I came across this event, I saw it as a chance to invest in myself and help me reset through something extreme. I also saw it as an opportunity to push the limits of my physical boundaries to see just how far I could go. While I must complete 13 laps to 'Everest', I plan on completing as many as my body will allow in the 36 hours.
I also appreciate the mental challenge - the need to develop a laser focus on my goal and push through any obstacle in my way.
As I thought about how I'll mentally make it through each lap, I realized that I don't have to do them alone. The friends, family, and causes I care about can serve as some of the most powerful motivation there is - and I decided to dedicate each of my laps to a specific item. People, events, things I'm grateful for, things I'm struggling with, things that inspire me, future goals...13 laps, 13 reasons, and 13 trips up the mountain to think about each one.
Hero Dogs, Inc
One of the things I'll be thinking about is my brothers and sisters in arms, and how I can help to honor our nation's defenders, veterans, and first responders, many of whom deal with PTSD and difficult disabilities daily.
So, through my climb, I'm hoping to raise money for Hero Dogs, Inc. which is a non-profit organization that trains and provides service dogs to disabled veterans and first responders free of charge (even if the disability is not service-related).
You can read more about this amazing organization and its impact here: https://www.hero-dogs.org/
To help them out, I ask that you consider donating however you choose to.
Donate $1 for each of my 13 laps
Donate $29 for the 29k vertical feet
Donate $30 for the 30 miles
Donate whatever you are able and willing
No money from any donations you choose to make is going towards the cost of my participation in the 29029 event.