More camaraderie has been building as two Montana wounded vets decided to climb Red Mountain. The trip consisted of Chris Grudzinski and his wife Kristin and John Arnold and his girlfriend Hallie. They stayed in the beautiful Homestake Lodge near Whitehall and had the opportunity to walk around and explore the 200 plus acres of trails and amazing wildlife. The ascent up Red Mountain began roughly at 7000 feet (where they parked), and the two couples hiked up to the summit at 10,345 feet. It was a very challenging and physically demanding hike, but in every sense of the word worth it. This was such a empowering, positive boost to all of them. It took them just over three hours to reach the summit, but it was time worth spent and they enjoyed the summit like nothing ever seen before. The 360 view was amazing and the pain it took to get up there was shared by all of the as they helped and pushed each other the entire way.
After the hike they returned to the Homestake Lodge and enjoyed awesome food, company and the view of watching 2 bull moose just off the deck playing in the trees and watering hole. The company, accommodations, food, scenery, wildlife, exercise and conversation were great, and there are plans in the works to do this again with a much larger group of anxious warriors in the future.