08 Jul QuantiTech Proud to Support “Climb for the Soldier” AAAA Team!
On August 19, 2019, a team of five Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) members will embark on a challenging climbing expedition in the heart of Glacier National Park, Montana. The Team, “Rock Steady,” has set their sights on reaching the summit of Mt. Piegan and raising money to support Combat Veterans along the way.
QuantiTech’s Janice Sanders is coordinating corporate sponsorship for this year’s climb, and QuantiTech is proud to be one of the sponsors for this inspiring team. Two “Climb for the Soldier” alumni Steven Sanders Sr. and Steven Sanders Jr. (husband and son of Janice Sanders) will be joined for this year’s event by friends and fellow AAAA members Neil Thurgood, Cliff Calhoun, and Steve Mathias. Excluding Steven Sanders Sr. and Jr. (who have almost ten years of experience climbing at Glacier National Park) this will be the first climb for members of Rock Steady.
The route covers 4.61 miles of challenging terrain and 3000 ft of elevation change. The ascent will begin at the Siyeh Bend Trail Head in Glacier National Park, which sits at a breath-taking 6000 ft MSL. The team plans to climb to over 9000 ft MSL to summit Mt. Piegan, and are hopeful time and conditions will permit an additional attempt to summit Mt. Pollock. The team will enjoy breath taking scenery and views while facing the challenges of scrambles over difficult terrain, large scree fields, glacier snow at some points, and the possibility of encountering active wildlife including bears and mountain goats.
As added incentive to complete the climb and for es·prit de corps, Rock Steady is using this opportunity to raise money for the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA), Tennessee Valley Chapter. In addition to company donations, climbers are collecting pledges of a $1 for every 100ft. of elevation completed in the climb. Travel costs and climbing expenses are self-funded by the team; all proceeds will go directly to the CVMA and their mission to help veterans in North Alabama and support deployed Soldiers during times of need. The team’s goal is to raise more than $3000 for the CVMA, and QuantiTech is excited to be one of the corporate sponsors that can help make this goal possible!