long after they return home.”
Elyse Ping Medvigy
Hometown: Sebastopol, CA
Expeditionary position: Team member
What being a soldier means to me:
Above all, it means being a professional. Serving the people of the United States by not only defending their values, but upholding them on a personal level. Today’s Army is a strong, flexible, and competent team that fulfills a large array of different missions on conventional and unconventional battlefields.
Why I joined:
I come from a family of patriots who have served this nation. I wanted to do my part. Serving something far greater than oneself is a challenging yet extremely fulfilling experience from which I've learned perseverance, honor, and duty to this country.
What I fight for:
I watched my own unit struggle to come to grips with the loss of our comrades and both the psychological and physical setbacks from injuries while serving in Afghanistan. I am primarily fighting for greater awareness that PTSD is still prevalent in our ranks today, both during and after an individual's military career. These soldiers continue to need help, long after they return home.
Why I climb:
Since childhood I have been fascinated with mountaineering. I’ve studied Denali, Everest, Vinson, and other peaks around the world. While Everest receives an enormous amount of publicity due to its altitude, I want to climb it primarily for the mountaineering experience. Over the last three years, I have been unable to participate in a major expedition due to deployments and military training. This will be a wonderful opportunity for me to hone my mountaineering skills, meet talented climbers from around the world, and experience one of the most majestic mountain ranges on Earth while fundraising for a condition that directly affected my unit.
Meet the team
These five soldiers will brave the tallest peak in the world.