Past Challenges


Multi-day trek into the Holy Cross Wilderness (HCW) of Colorado.

Summary of trip – Travel to Denver/ Colorado Springs. Participant pick-up and drive to Salida, Colorado for altitude acclimation, gear issue and fly-fishing familiarization (2 nights). Travel 2 hours to HCW with kayaks and packs. 5 days and nights ingressing the wilderness area with kayaks and then carrying 50 lb backpacks between 10,000 and 13,000 ft above sea level. Objectives include high-elevation lake fly-fishing and summiting the adjacent peaks. Egress on August 10th. Travel home.


To study TBI and Post Traumatic Stress during this mountaineering and fly fishing trek.


Participant Feedback

  • After the challenge:  “The experience and growth I have walked thru with CWVC has brought about much to ponder. After each event my desire to serve the organization and fellow veterans and families grows.”
  • After the challenge:  “I personally struggled with identity when I was leaving the service.  My identity was rooted in what I did.  CWVC has absolutely given me the ability to connect with my purpose as a man and leader in this life.”
  • During a break on the trail:  “It wasn’t so long ago that I tried to end my life.  Being invited to participate with CWVC has saved my life.  It sparked a new view of what I could do in my future. I am so grateful…”
  • Around the campfire:  “Since leaving the Army two years ago, I have felt lost. I love my family but being out on the trail with these guys reconnects me to the man I want to be.”
  • During a steep hiking section:  “This trail is kicking my #&^$%!  I forgot how much I loved doing this!”
  • Driving to the airport after the challenge:  “Being in the mountains with you guys was exactly what I needed! Thanks so very much!”