There are an incredible amount of organizations and opportunities for a wounded veteran like myself to get out of the house and try out different adaptive sports. These camps are great and have helped a lot of veterans get their lives moving back in a positive direction. Until recently though, I had never heard of one that had a mentorship focus and that set long term goals around the friendships that usually start on a trip like this. Not until Peace of Adventure.
To sum it all up Peace of Adventure scooped up three blind veterans and three blind civilians. They took us to the mountains in Colorado, let us tear up the slopes, do some ice climbing, and at the same time helped us work to connect with each other and start laying the groundwork for the future. Like I said, the recreational activities are only part of the equation. The real focus was helping our team connect and I’ve never done anything like this before.
If you want to learn more about Peace of Adventure, and I recommend that you do, then go visit their website. They really are doing something new here and I think it’s going to catch on. Once you’re done come back and check out these sweet pictures from last weeks trip!
Our first three days were at Crested Butte Resort in Colorado. The picture above was early in the week when we were trying to remind my legs what they were supposed to be doing. The first handful of times my guides and I would touch hands as we went down but as I learned the slopes and got more comfortable it was time to shred solo!
Between vocal cues on when I needed to turn and another guide tapping ski poles to mark the center of the run it wasn’t too long before we were cruising right along! Apparently it looks like I know what I’m doing!
After four days back on a board I made some great improvements and with my family all taking lessons it’s only a matter of time before they will be the ones guiding me down the mountain! Thanks to these awesome guides for all the hard work and good times!
If I’m being totally honest it was the ice climbing that had me most excited. I remember looking at a National Geographic magazine back when I was young and ever since then it was something I had always wanted to do. When I heard that it was one of the activities we’d be participating in I jumped at the chance!
I’ve been rock climbing plenty of times and while this was a bit similar there were some major differences. Like the ice and spikey shoes for example. In case you forgot I have no vision. Rock climbing, especially indoors, has a fixed route and very specific hand holds. Ice climbing though, has none! While there are better places to hit than others with the ice tools as long as we weren’t chopping on our ropes we could pretty much just get after it! It was great to just make my own path up the ice and I’m pretty sure I only hit my rope once or twice tops.
I’ve always been somewhat athletic and adventurous. For those that know me you’re probably not surprised to know that I loved every minute of this! I climbed until the point where it was hard to tell if the picks were even in my hands anymore! It’s amazing how exhausting this was but I’ve already got my eyes open for another chance! There are a ton of other pictures and some videos that you all can see if you go look at Peace of Adventure on Facebook. While you’re there take a minute to read more about what they’re doing. It really was an amazing trip and I’m excited to be part of the Peace of Adventure team!
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