2014 Veterans’ Adventure – North Cascades, Washington

Last week I returned from one of the more powerful experiences I’ve had working with veterans.  I was invited as a guest film instructor to a climbing and filmmaking expedition for veterans in the North Cascades National Park, near Seattle, Washington.  The expedition was organized by the Adventure Film School, founded by I WAS THERE Advisor Michael Brown, and sponsored by the Sierra Club Mission Outdoors.

On the climb to Boston Basin and the week of alpine camping, I had the pleasure of sharing a tent with retired Army Captain Dave Fierner, USMA 2004 (pictured below).  In a small world moment we realized that Dave’s roommate at West Point was Retired Captain Tony Martinez who took part in our recent workshop at Fort Hood.

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Below, check out the shot of us climbing the Sahale peak.  It was grueling but memorable, and I felt honored to experience it with an incredible group of five veterans and the capable Adventure Film School staff.

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We’ll be posting the films produced by Dave and the other veterans on our website in the coming days.