This morning our Aconcagua Team members, Billy Costello, Pete Quintanilla, Josh Waisanen and Bryan Weideman appeared on the WTSP-TV Studio10 show. They talked about the climb, the conditions and the medical studies being conducted while making the ascent.
Show host Roxanne Wilder led the discussion and the guys did a great job representing CWVC. If you missed it you can click on the link to see the entire segment.
It takes a special breed to be part of the military. You are the 1% that heeds the call to serve our nation.
Here comes one Gunny who wants to make a difference for our veterans while supporting Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge. Roy Wesley “Wes” Brady, Jr., recently retired from the U.S. Marines after 22 years, including two tours in Iraq. With plenty of time on his hands, Brady came up with a great idea to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and those who have survived injuries.
Retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. Roy Brady, Jr., is walking across America as a way to impress upon the public the needs of our military veterans and share the CWVC mission. Roy’s “Walk For Warriors” begins with a Marine Send-Off March 1, 7:30am in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina at the Marine Reserve Unit office at 6115 North Hills Circle. He’ll visit Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, before ending at Camp Pendleton in California 6-8 months later.
Roy’s goal is to raise awareness for the issues facing our military veterans. While traveling, the Marine is asking for donations in support of CWVC in an effort to singlehandedly fund one of the newest CWVC programs – The Adaptive Warrior Sailing Camp for Novices in Galveston, Texas scheduled for October. The program costs $35,000. Fifteen combat wounded and injured soldiers will learn how to sail 3-man boats (Sonars) and compete in a regatta. While at the camp, the group will participate in medical case studies tied to traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress and prosthetics. To make a donation in honor of Gunny Sgt. Brady, please visit this page. You can follow Gunny Brady’s trek across the USA by checking out the Walk For Warriors page on our website. It will feature the map route, link to his FB blog, show photos and other details. You can also visit the Facebook page that we will be helping Roy to keep updated on his journey.
Here’s Roy’s planned route:
Departing Charlotte NC
Nashville TN (Roy’s hometown)
Little Rock AK
Oklahoma City, OK
San Bernardino CA
San Diego CA
Ending Camp Pendleton CA
CWVC thanks you Roy for doing this! If you are near the area where Roy is walking, he invites you to spend a little time walking with him.
After all, time passes quickly when amongst friends.
Here’s a shot of the route they have traveled. Camp Canada is at the outcropping of rocks, center of photo. Spot climbers on the right , heading up to camp 2
Yesterday (Feb. 12) was a day of rest for our Challenge Warriors after making a carry to Camp Canada, 16,667 feet above sea level. This is the first of 3 camps the team will make as they continue the ascent to the Aconcagua Summit.
The team is currently at Plaza De Mulas and will be going higher, and on climbing schedule, to Camp Canada on February 14.
Here are photos of the upper mountain and Camp Canada at 16,667′, where part of the team moved to today. The team is wishing for more snow, as it is very dry this year.
View from camp 2
All is well from a health perspective. The entire team is safe and adjusting to the higher altitudes. Just moving up to the camp at Plaza de Mulas is a big deal, and takes a lot out of everyone the first time. The good news is that the team has conducted some great medical studies and data collection while at Plaza de Mulas over the past couple of days.
Keystone Challenge Fund is donating a newly renovated, ADA compliant home (3 bedroom/2 bath) in Spring Hill, FL to a physically disabled veteran. Candidates must meet the basic requirements and represent a significant need for handicap accessible living space. Candidates must complete & return the application by Friday, February 15 (extended deadline). The submission instructions are listed on the application. Please contact Katie Blondell (863) 940-4930 with any questions or for further information.
Minimum income requirements (see form)
Cannot have an existing mortgage
Currently living in or willing to relocate to Spring Hill, FL
The CWVC Challenge Warriors are a third of the way up the Aconcagua Summit!
Billy Costello reported in and shared the schedule for the remainder of the week.
“Last night the team stayed at Plaza de Mulas. Today, we climb up to Camp Canada and back down to Plaza de Mulas for the night. Thursday Team CWVC takes a rest day at Plaza de Mulas and then commences the climb once again on Friday.”
The team excitedly relayed this story as well…
The other night, CWVC Team 1 headed out at 2am, with Team 2 following at 4am. While traveling, they were fortunate enough to view several stunning sights – The Southern Star, as well as the Milky Way…oh, and the Space Station came screaming by in the night sky, lit up like a Christmas tree!
The views of the Andes Mountains are breathtaking and the team is doing quite well traversing the summit to this point.
Here are a few pics from the trek from the past day or so. In one of the photos you can see the Summit in the background covered by a cloud.
More to come as our combat wounded and injured veteran team continues its ascent on the Aconcagua Summit. Keep checking the CWVC website for progress updates over the course of the next two weeks. The team returns March 1 to CWVC HQ.