Welcome to the Sergeant Rescue Rucking Challenge! By entering this page you are committing to help a cause and willingly engage in hardship! The rucking challenges are designed to get you out and rucking while making a tiny contribution to the cause at hand.
Conditions: You as the participant will choose to commit to a distance and then will make a donation of $1.00 per mile pledged. You will then get rucking with a 25lb ruck and put in the miles! Each month starting with February 2020 we will pick a cause or organization to support. Those that complete the challenge will receive the challenge patch!
Goal: To raise funds and awareness for several great causes and organizations, while promoting fitness in the first responder and outdoor communities.
1. To participate you must register and pledge miles; 25 miles or 50 miles.
2. A tracking app or GPS must be used to track mileage.
3. To complete the challenge you must upload a track or screen shot showing that you have met your pledge. (Optional, but preferred. We accept the honor system.)
4. Mileage does not have to be completed during one ruck. Mileage may be cumulative over the challenge period.
Wongchu Sherpa Memorial Hospital, Nepal
Wongchu Sherpa (1968-2015)
The Khumbu Climbing Center
June - August 2020
High in the Himalayas of Nepal near the beaten track to Everest, there is a humble pastoral village called Phortse that is perched among the clouds. You may not see it if you trek up the precipitous path more traveled, past Tangboche Monastery and beneath the breathtaking pyramid of Ama Dablam. But look to your left, across the gaping gorge of the Dud Kosi river and you will see a terraced knoll dotted with stone structures. It is there in the shadow of the holy peak, Khumbila, above a quiet birch forest that the Khumbu Climbing Center found a home.
The Khumbu Climbing Center (KCC) was launched in 2003 and over the past fifteen years has become a successful vocational program for indigenous people. Each winter for two weeks, technical climbing skills are taught along with English language, mountain safety, rescue, and wilderness first aid. Dr. Luanne Freer, who oversees the Everest base camp ER, attests that KCC skills and knowledge are saving lives at the roof of the world. Nearly one thousand Nepali men and women have now attended KCC since its inception.
In the beginning, our instructors were qualified western climbers and guides who had experience in the Himalaya. Most of the teachers are now Nepali but we continue to have a small Western team travel to KCC each season. They often include National Park rescue rangers and professional guides who generously offer their time and expertise. They pay their own way or get sponsorship to give of themselves to the Sherpa community.
SERGEANT RESCUE RUCKING CHALLENGE
Stewart "Alex" Lowe (1958 - 1999)
Stewart Alexander "Alex" Lowe (24 December 1958 – 5 October 1999) was an American mountaineer. He has been described as "inspiring a whole generation of climbers and explorers with his uncontainable enthusiasm, legendary training routines, and significant ascents of rock climbs, ice climbs, and mountains all over the world." He died in an avalanche in Tibet.
Lowe was widely admired by his peers for excelling in every aspect of mountaineering, from rock- and ice-climbing to ski descents. Dave Hahn once remarked, "There's Alex Lowe up here, and then there's the rest of us down here. The guy's just really that much better than everybody else." and Conrad Anker said, "We're all at this one level, and then there's Alex." Lowe himself said "The best climber in the world is the one having the most fun!"
In June 1995, Lowe helped the National Park Service rescue several Spanish climbers on 20,320-foot (6,190 m) Denali in Alaska. On 9 June, the group had been trapped for four days at 19,200 feet (5,900 m). Before a rescue team could assemble, one of the climbers fell 4,200 feet (1,300 m) to his death from the mountain's Upper West Rib. The surviving climbers were all suffering from hypothermia. Lowe, Mark Twight and Scott Backes were lifted by military helicopter to a plateau above the Spaniards, scaled down a 400-vertical foot, 50-degree slope of ice and rock, to reach them and determined that one needed immediate evacuation. Amid snowy conditions, he at first dragged, then carried him on his back up the steep slope at high altitude.
Lowe was survived by his wife Jennifer and three sons, Max, Sam, and Isaac. The Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation was established in his honor to provide direction and financial support to humanitarian programs in mountain regions around the world. Their work includes the Khumbu Climbing Center for indigenous people of Nepal.
The Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation honors his legacy.
"TRAINING FOR CHAOS"
February - May 2020
Get two patches and special extra gift!