american300 PURPLE HEART SUMMITS
mentors in the mountains
Back in 2006, 'The Warrior Tours' now American300 started providing resiliency minded mentors to our Department of Defense in an effort to improve individual and unit resiliency.
Since then, over 100 volunteer mentors have traveled on over 500+ bases visits sharing personal stories of never quitting while engaging with Service Members who share their own stories.
Now years later, American300 has created a new program focused on big mountains and current and aspiring mentors willing to stand on top of them.
This past year, 2017 - American300 mentor Benjamin Breckheimer, US Army ret. became the third Purple Heart Recipient (PHR) to stand on top of Mount Everest.
He not only stood on top of the world, he also reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, just months prior to traveling to Nepal.
Throughout both expeditions Benjamin, was joined by fellow American300 mentors creating an environment of positive growth.
Benjamin's feat was/is truly amazing, but we quickly realized the costs of climbing Everest, are too expensive for a sustaining program at this time. Additionally, 8,000+ meter mountains like Everest, require a girth of knowledge and technical skills that limit many mentors eligibility to participate in the program's 'mentors in the mountains' living workshop approach.
The result - American300's Purple Heart Summits - a way to keep our mentors participating in unique personal and team growth activities while focusing on far more 'manageable' mountains like: Hahn's Peak - Colorado, Mt Fuji, Japan - Mauna Kea, Hawaii, Mt. Rainer, USA and Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania - all free standing mountains, with Kilimanjaro being the tallest free standing mountain in the world.
Now in year two of PHS programming - mentors have stood on top of Mt. Aconcagua, Argentina ( Benjamin's continued 7 Summits Pursuit), Kilimanjaro, Tanzania - AJ Hunter, US Army PHR reached the top of Africa in February 2018, Mount Mauna Kea - Marlene Rodriguez, USA PHR & Benjamin Breckheimer & John Bates USMC ret. (3x PHR) Mount Rainer - Amber Fifer, USMC ret. PHR & AJ Hunter USA PHR Vet. - ( AJ now serves as a guide for the program as part of Chris Klinke's (PHS Chief Expedition Leader) team of ever growing guides.
It's important to note that our mentors have shared and continue to share time and again their personal stories of making the impossible - possible with fellow Service Members around the world.
American300's Purple Heart Summits program is an opportunity on our part to keep mentors growing, becoming stronger... while allowing as many as possible to 'stand on top of the free standing world'!
Purple Heart Summits is made possible through private donations and contributions from: