Nothing less than heroes, the men and women of our nations military forces travel abroad to serve and protect. Staring danger right in the eyes, they do not shy away from the sword, and so many times, return home wounded.
The Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge focuses on the rehabilitation of our returning heroes experiencing
physical and psychological injuries by involving them in Challenge expeditions designed to address their specific injuries or condition.

During the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge

The team will be tracking and testing the mechanical and non-mechanical qualities of those team members who are physically compromised to help to evaluate their prosthetic devices and enable clinical providers to further improve performance and functionality of these prosthetics based on field research and scientific application. The close monitoring of the effects of altitude and physical exertion on the residual and prosthetic limbs of our amputee contingent comprised of 3 single leg below knee amputees, 1 single leg above knee amputee, 1 hand amputee with a fully functioning prosthetic bio mechanical robotic hand will add to the scientific data available to the medical community at large for research and developmental studies.

The Science Element

This information will be combined with the science element measuring heart rate, arterial oxygen saturation, lung spirometry values, severity of dyspnea (analogic score), and symptoms and signs of acute mountain sickness in a Navy SEAL who happens to be a double lung transplant recipient and Leukemia survivor. Additionally, 2 soldiers recovering from severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD will be evaluated on the basis of physical and emotional stress in a team and individual environment adding invaluable research data to the understanding of this complex physical and emotional condition.

MCPO Will Wilson - BKA (US Navy)
SSG Vic "Yeti" Thibeault - BEA (USA) 10th Mountain Division
SGT Dan Swank - BKA (USA) 10th Mountain Division
Lt Justin Legg - Cardio/Pulmonary (USN) SEAL
Dave Warden TBI / PTSD (USMC)
Mike Rodriguez - TBI / PTSD (USA) 7th Special Forces Group
SSG Thomas Costello - AKA (USA) 3rd Special Forces Group
SSG (Ret) Peter Quintanilla - BKA (USA) 75th Ranger Regiment
Mr. Tom Barnhill – Expedition PTSD Research Analyst, Coordinator and TBI Evaluator
Arlene Gillis, CP, LPO, M. Ed, Program Director, Orthotic & Prosthetic Program, College of Health Sciences, St. Petersburg College
Dr. David W. Zaas – Medical Director, Lung Transplant Program, Duke University
Theodore J. Graves, Graduate Student
MAJ (Ret) Brett Hutchins (USAF)
Carol E. Martin
CAPT (Ret) Dave Olson (US Navy) Aviator - Program Director
Mr. Colby Coombs – Alaska Mountaineering School, U.S. Mountaineering Guide
Mr. Tim Hewette - Alaska Mountaineering School, U.S. Mountaineering Guide
Aida "Idee" Belau, CICM

The Explorers Club flag represents a history of courage and accomplishment and has been carried on hundreds of expeditions since 1918. Any member of the Club approved to carry the flag is required upon return to issue, in hardcopy, an official Flag Report, fulfilling a fundamental part of the Club's mission: To engage in scientific exploration and share the results.

Today, there are 202 numbered flags. While a select few have been retired for preservation, and others have been lost to the ravages of Nature and the Postal Service, the rest are carried and returned, in rotation, as they have been over the last hundred years on ever-new voyages of exploration.

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Kilimanjaro Challenge - 2013
January 2013
Challenge - Research - Inspire