Loveland, CO, March 16, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Four combat veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan announced today that they will be climbing Mt. McKinley (20,321 ft.), also known as Denali, in May 2015, for a project they founded, Mission Memorial Day. They are expected to reach the top of Mt. McKinley, the tallest peak in North America, on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015.
All four of the combat veterans attempting the climb, have service connected disabilities from their service in Iraq or Afghanistan. The team consists of Expedition Leader Josh Jespersen, a Navy SEAL, team member Nick Colgin, an Army Airborne Combat Medic, team member Margaux Mange, an Army Military Police member, and team member Brian McPherson, a Marine Infantryman. Despite their disabilities, they have climbed some of the tallest and most technical mountains in the world including, Cotopaxi (19,374 ft.), Rainier (14,409 ft.), and Nevado Mariposa (19,055 ft.)
The team will be carrying flags with the names of the fallen, those that have died in service to the country. Spouses, family members, and community members, can submit names of the fallen online at http://www.missionmemorialday.com/make-a-difference.html.
“Our goal is to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, serving those who wish to remember those they lost, and helping America remember, while we bridge the military, civilian divide. This isn't about a mountain or one day, this is about raising awareness and starting a national dialogue so our battle buddies are not forgotten.” Josh Jespersen, Expedition Leader, on the importance of the climb.
More information, including biographies, sponsors, and blogs, may be found at http://www.missionmemorialday.com/.
About Mt. McKinley
At 20,321 ft. above sea level, Mt. McKinley (Denali) is the highest mountain peak in North America. From base to peak, the mountain is approximately 18,000 ft., the largest of any mountain situated completely above sea level. Only approximately 50% of the climbers that attempt to climb Mt. McKinley, make it to the top. Temperatures can range as low as −75.5 °F, and windchills as low as −118.1 °F.
To learn more about this initiative, please contact
2421 Rocky Mountain Avenue
Loveland, CO 80538
Office: (720) 809-2584