In 2019 The Warrior's Keep launched our Freedom Peak Program. The ambitious program aimed at guiding a group of veterans through a 6 month long adventure taking them to the highest points in New Mexico and Africa along the way.
In 2019 our first Freedom Peak team successfully summited Mt. Kilimanjaro with a 100% completion rate. Our team consisted of 10 veterans and is the largest group of veterans to ever reach the summit together.
The Warriors Keep along with Myrmidon Expeditions is proud to announce that we will be returning to Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2020 for Freedom Peak 2020: The Warriors Keep Returns to Kilimanjaro!
We will be opening up the application process in October and will have the team selected by December. From then we will have monthly training events that will take us to the highest points in Texas and New Mexico in preparation for our early June ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain on the African Continent.
FREEDOM PEAK PROGRAM
The Warrior’s Keep has partnered with Myrmidon Expeditions to lead yearly excursions for veterans to the roof of Africa. The purpose of our Freedom Peak Program is to provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for groups of veterans to experience a journey to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Standing at 19,340 feet, Kilimanjaro will challenge the body, mind and soul of each team member, while empowering them to overcome certain difficulties many veterans face at home, such as: depression, anxiety, societal reintegration, military transition or stress brought on from a traumatic experience.
We have named this program Freedom Peak in honor of the tallest peak in Africa, Uhuru Peak. Uhuru is the Swahili word for freedom and it’s our hope that each participant achieves a sense of freedom while on this Tanzanian trek to the Roof of Africa!
The average market cost for a trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro is $3,990(+$315 tax), making the total value just over $4,300 per individual without the cost of flight. Myrmidon Expeditions, has extended a generously discounted rate of $3,500 per veteran and includes: guides, porters, tents, park fees, hotel cost, in-country ground transportation, all meals, climbing & cooking gear.
We expect our flights to cost roughly $1,500 per veteran making our total cost $5,000 per veteran for a 6 month program which will take them to the top of two U.S. States and the top of Africa. ￼
The Warrior’s Keep is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to unite and empower veterans, through engaging in outdoor adventures and recreations.
We believe that sometimes the best medicine is nature's medicine. Our programs provide veterans with free access to outdoor activities and are designed to educate on the difficulties that come with military transition, while achieving inner peace and healing of the mind.
Eco-therapy or Outdoor Therapy has been shown to greatly improve quality of life and symptoms of Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans. All veterans were trained to go to war but never trained to come back home.
Our goal is to fill a void in every veteran's life that was left behind after active duty.
Outdoor Adventure Therapy for Heroes (O.A.T.H.) is our motto and belief that engaging in outdoor adventures with other veterans allows for real healing to naturally take place in a neutral and safe environment.
￼￼ For more information visit our website at www.TheWarriorsKeep.org or contact our Executive Director, John Cody Hardin at John@thewarriorskeep.org.
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