My First Fourteener

I'm actually excited, just fighting an AMS headache.
On September 1st, I summited my first 14,000 foot mountain (Mount Belford). This was a monumental experience for me even though the photo above may not convey my joy. I was developing quite a nasty headache and a bit of nausea at that point. Yeah, Acute Mountain Sickness. Luckily we didn’t stay long and started our descent at which my headache began to subside.
I’m only writing this blurb to let you know I’ve been successful in reaching a life long goal of mine but now I have the desire to go bigger. I have decided to set some new goals and given the time and money, I’m sure they will be completed. Stay tuned for a post on my buddies site, ITS Tactical, which will include a full debrief of the GORUCK Ascent.
Thanks for all of your support. I couldn’t have done it without you.


Soon I hope to be embarking on a challenge that will test both my physical abilities and mental resolve. The challenge is called the GORUCK Ascent.
Just recently, I completed the GORUCK Challenge with Class 031. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, by far. It took an amazing amount of mental strength to even sign up but I’m here to tell you that it changed my life.
I am no longer bound to a world where things are impossible. I learned that whatever I pour my heart into, I will accomplish.
What’s next on my list? The GORUCK Ascent. It will be a 100 hour team building event combined with classes taught by some of our nations top special forces operators, the Green Berets. We will be summiting multiple 14,000 foot mountains in a short period of time.
I’ve pledged to gather at least $1,000 in donations for the Green Beret Foundation and I’m proud to say that with your help, I’m at just over $1,900. I honestly couldn’t do that on my own and it means a lot that you all gave so much.
If you haven’t donated and would like to, I teamed up with ITS Tactical and we have some pretty sweet perks for your donation.

  • $30 or more — Limited Edition Patch commemorating the event (Never again available on ITS Tactical!)
  • $60 or more — Limited Edition T-Shirt & Patch (You’re going to want this shirt!)
  • $100 or more — Limited Edition T-Shirt, Patch, and ITS Flag (We have flags? They’re in the works, but you’ll get one of the first!)
  • $200 or more — All of the above and some serious ITS store swag (Details forthcoming, but it’s going to be good!)
Click HERE to donate.
For even more details on the GORUCK Ascent, check out the site and Facebook page.
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