ALASKA EXPEDITION OVERVIEW:
Expedition participants will create a long lasting local impact as we work with selected Veteran serving nonprofit, The 98 Fund, which aims to support Veterans and Families of Fallen Service members by hosting surviving families and their loved ones' battle buddies at their retreat center in Palmer, Alaska. These retreats offer a unique and impactful week-long opportunity for both the battle buddies and the family members to not only learn from each other but to also honor their Fallen Hero and continue their legacy. Our group will spend 3 days of our trip volunteering at the retreat center assisting them with this summer's final phase of construction projects which will focus on the buildout of a cabin and installation of a property fence.
The week will be capped off by a strenuous trek to the summit of Gold Star Peak, led by certified guides from Remedy Alpine (a locally run Veteran non profit).
Prior to coming together in person on August 7th, TMF will be hosting two zoom sessions for our expedition group, where participants and TMF staff can begin building relationships and prepare for the expedition. These virtual events will take place on:
June 20th (Monday): 8-9pm EST/5-6pm PST
July 25th (Monday): 8-9pm EST/5-6pm PST
*Construction experience is NOT required to attend this expedition, our hosts will have contractors on site overseeing construction.
*The majority of the expedition days (Mon-Thurs) will be spent serving or hiking outside and will require a lot of physical activity.
*The hike to Gold Star Peak is strenuous and our goal is to have every participant make it to the summit. Participants will receive a 6 week training regimen and will have a Q and A with our hiking guides (Remedy Alpine) to ensure our group is prepared to conquer GSP as a team! You can find the trail map for the hike at THIS LINK.
*Due to limited flight availability in/out of Alaska, the best option when departing Anchorage airport is to depart on red eye flights on Friday August 12, which will allow participants to arrive home Saturday morning/afternoon.