This has been the most horrific year of training I have yet to experience. This is unfortunate to say the least, but the expedition is on hold till further notice. The objectives that were needed to be completed were not completed due to lack of preparation on my part. Corrections to training and diet are being made in preparation for next season. If you donated to our Go Fund Me and would like a refund please contact Alex Tufail. His contact information can be found on EPYC Adventures's website.

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Donation Update

We're working on updating the blog on a more regular basis to bring to you the most up to date coverage on military resources, and how these are progressing. Firstly I'd like to share all the donation pages we are working on, why we have so many, and how and who they affect.

First is the direct Go fund me
The money donated here goes directly to me and helps me pay for gear and supplies before the expedition, as well as keep me alive during the expedition to pay for food and in the event of severe weather a hotel/ hostile. I have already spent close to $35,000 out of pocket to fund this expedition between training, gear, and travel. It is becoming too much for me to handle on my own and I am asking for help to get the rest of the gear and to make sure I am going to be sustainable during the trip.

Second is for the DAV Chapter 16
This is my local Disabled American Veterans Chapter. A local 501(c)3 charity in Prescott, Arizona. They help Veterans who suffer from any disability fi…

Disgruntled Dicussions Pod Cast *language alert*

It has been a while since our last post, and we sincerely apologize to all of you for the lack of updates and communication. There has been a lot in the works, including a podcast radio appearance on the Disgruntled Veterans Radio- Disgruntled Discussions podcast. Please click the link below to listen in. I was brought in during the second half, so if you'd like to skip ahead please feel free. We will be updating more frequently as the date for the start of Expedition You Are Not Alone draws closer.Let us know what you think in the comments below.  Like and share our page with your friends and check out the resources for your military family in the blog with the hyperlink in the upper left hand corner.

Exploring The Outdoors

For my peers and myself the natural world is inviting and exciting. We have the ability to push our limits and surpass the limitations of what we thought we were capable of. Maybe it's spending an extra night at a campsite, or hiking an additional mile. Progress is made by going pushing past our comfort zones, and stepping into a new level of self understanding and perhaps even a new level of self appreciation. When we can see ourselves in a new light then we can see how to better treat ourselves. Maybe next time we won't drink that soda because we want a full nights rest to be able to feel energized to hike a newly discovered trail. Perhaps we'll stop consuming harmful products and take better care of ourselves so we can fully envelop ourselves into an experience that we once weren't  capable of enjoying as much because our mental and physical status was thwarted by junk.
For Some people getting out and exploring can be as simple as just going for a walk in a new sp…

What Does It Mean to Explore?

There are many reasons to want to Explore. For some it's to get out and just find some place new to themselves, or to the world. To others it's a path of self discovery and understanding. For me well, that's a tough one. I explore the world because I fear exploring myself, but every time I go exploring I end up exploring myself. Does this make sense? Exploring for me is a distraction that becomes the focus. To get some where you've never been, you'll have to do something you've never done.  In order to achieve this I must place myself where these situations are at the forefront. Physically I want to be stronger, mentally I want to be tougher, and emotionally I want to be more balanced. Climbing and mountaineering are the epitome of this awakening. You must have the physical ability to carry heavy loads and move your body weight. You must endure mental torture by being placed in very intimidating and unnerving circumstances. Hanging from a rope inside a Crevasse…

When The Walls Cave In

Gripping tightly to the handle bars I feel the wind speed pick up. I take one last look over  my right shoulder, there's no turning back now. 1,450 feet of climbing has just been completed. 3,000 feet left to go. I am going for it, 23 miles of consistent uphill. What am I doing to myself? Why am doing this to myself? Because someone has to. Because someone has to stand up and say "Enough is enough. We are Veterans, and Warriors. Just because we can't be who we were, doesn't mean we can't be who we want to be." I keep repeating a mantra in my head from a old 90's Disney Movie. "I see pride, I see power, I see a bad ass mudda, who won't take no crap off of nobody." I wish I was being watched by a coach, or someone who see's potential in me, but for right now I have to see potential in myself. I am tired, and sore. Everything hurts...My soul is hurting. Why am I doing this? All the goals have been postponed, all the money, climbs, work, and…

packing for the Cascades

When I'm packing for a trip it's important for me to prioritize. I start by organizing my shelter(s). For this trip I need a few different shelter systems. I always carry my Zirkel UL- It's light, packable, and extremely comfortable. I also carry my Q-Core sleeping pad, and the Bedroll. What's going to be switching out is the Bivy, the Rattle Snake, and the Battle Mountain. I like using the Bivy for quick naps at altitude, and the Rattle Snake works great as a day use tent, and for quick overnight trips. The Battle mountain is an expedition type tent, that is primarily used high altitudes, and extreme winds.
 The second items I pack are my clothing. I sort them out according to layers. since I'm already wearing my base layer, I just need to prep for the condition at hand. From Left to right I have my soft shell layers, then my insulating layers plus a down parka, and on the right are my hard shell layers. These can easily be swapped out depending on my body's …

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