Working with U.S. military veterans is a big part of our roots – one of our founders, DJ Skelton, is a veteran himself. Paradox Veterans is a series of backpacking, mountaineering, river rafting, and rock climbing trips specifically designed to empower injured veterans as they reintegrate back into civilian life. Our first veterans-specific ascent took place on September 11, 2012 when we summited the Grand Teton with a team of injured veterans. In 2013, we expanded our veterans trips to include Mt. Rainier and Yosemite National Park. In 2014 we have expanded the program again to include 5 adaptive outdoor experiences. For our adaptive veteran specific programming, Paradox Sports focuses on past military members who have a physical disability or injury.

2014 Paradox Veterans Schedule*

July 1-6:  Mt. Rainier, WA – Mountaineering commemorating July 4th
July 12-16:  Grand Teton, WY – Rock Climbing
July 26-29:  Colorado River, CO & UT – River Rafting and SUP 
Aug. 21-25:  West Virginia – Wilderness Backpacking
Sept. 9-12:  Yosemite, CA – Rock Climbing commemorating Sept 11th

*Dates are subject to change.  Please click the links above to visit the registration pages for more information.  If you have any questions, please email events@paradoxsports.org. 

Thank you to our supporters and partners:

Silver Cloud Inn – University District
Second Ascent
Exum Mountain Guides
Splore
Sierra Club Military Outdoors
Yosemite National Park / U.S. National Park Service

 

Chad Jukes, Mike Kirby and Skiy Detray summit El Capitan on Sept. 11, 2013.

Chad Jukes, Mike Kirby and Skiy Detray summit El Capitan on Sept. 11, 2013. Photo by Cheyne Lempe

Steve Baskis, a 27-year-old veteran who was permanently blinded by a bomb in 2008 while serving in Iraq, charges up Half Dome during our Yosemite Veterans Ascent on Sept. 11. Baskis has climbed mountains all over the world, including the 20,000-foot Mount Lobuche in the Himalayas.

Steve Baskis, a 27-year-old veteran who was permanently blinded by a bomb in 2008 while serving in Iraq, charges up Half Dome during our Yosemite Veterans Ascent on Sept. 11. Baskis has climbed mountains all over the world, including the 20,000-foot Mount Lobuche in the Himalayas. Photo by Victor Henderson

A group of veterans summit Half Dome on Sept. 11, 2013. Photo by Victor Henderson

A group of veterans summit Half Dome on Sept. 11, 2013. Photo by Victor Henderson

The second-annual Paradox Veterans ascent of the Grand Teton in July 2013

The second-annual Paradox Veterans ascent of the Grand Teton in July 2013

Our Paradox Veterans trip through the Enchantment Traverse over Memorial Day weekend 2013.

Our Paradox Veterans trip through the Enchantment Traverse over Memorial Day weekend 2013. Photo by Frank Huster

 

Disabled Vets Learn How to Rock Climb CNN Nov. 4, 2013

For Wounded Vets, Climbing Half Dome Only Half The Mission NPR Sept. 14, 2013

Vets Mark Sept. 11 Anniversary With Yosemite Climb NPR Sept. 11, 2013

Conquering Grand Teton: Three injured veterans overcome physical, mental challenges Denver Post Sept. 13, 2012