“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
 

As a farm boy who grew up in South Georgia, hunting and fishing and driving John Deere tractors, I never thought I’d be pursuing my dream of climbing Mt. Everest, yet today I am very close to that becoming a reality. When I was growing up, my mother used to tell me that I could do anything I set my mind to. I believe her intent was meant for me to apply  that wisdom to becoming a doctor, or some other “down to earth” undertaking, but here I am - less than a year away from a legitimate attempt at a summit bid on the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest (29,029 feet).

 

I am asking for your support to reach these heights - to demonstrate the possibilities of human achievement.

 

After fourteen years in the military, I began climbing as a therapy for what I would later learn was PTSD, but it soon became my passion. I met some amazing people in the climbing world, and today they are some of my dearest friends. I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the finest climbing guides in the world.  Every year new adventures, new routes, and new friendships emerged, and every year I challenged myself a little more.

As these projects have continued to grow to an international scale, the expense of the logistical support required from other companies and organizations has also grown. My vision for these adventures is to encourage, inspire, and uplift others, and ten years ago, I started to live the adventures seen on the pages of the magazines, with the ultimate goal of climbing in the Himalayas. To prepare for this I have:

  • run several ultramarathons in the mountains - two one-hundred-mile races in a single day and multiple fifty-mile races in less than twelve hours.

 

  • become a member of The American Mountain Guide Association, and I am a trained climbing guide and instructor.

 

  • led climbs in The Cascades, The Tetons, and The Rockies.

 

  • rock climbed, and ice climbed from coast to coast in the United States, and even summited Mt. Rainier (14,411 feet) from high camp in four and a half hours which is considered rather quick by any standard.

  • summited Iztaccihuatl (17,160 feet), a dormant volcanic mountain in Mexico.

  • summited Pico de Orizaba (18,491 feet), the highest volcanic summit in North America and the highest mountain in Mexico.

 

Today, as this is being written, I am planning the logistics to be a part of a Mt Everest summit bid expedition from April 2, 2022 - May 30, 2022. It takes 2 months to acclimatize and attempt the summit of Mt Everest. The actual summit attempt should occur mid May of 2022. 

The road to Mt. Everest has been a long one; the years I’ve spent preparing to reach Mt. Everest have been most rewarding yet also the most challenging years of my life. I am humbled and grateful for the community around me and the encouragement I have received so far: you have shown me the best of the human spirit.

Since starting down this road so many years ago, this journey has become about healing and helping others overcome. With that, this climb of Mt. Everest is to create awareness of the 22 Service Veterans that commit suicide every day in the United States, and partnerships with various veterans organizations have been formed.

 

There is a life-changing power that only comes from the hardships and victories felt while in pursuit of an audacious goal. I want to inspire others to live boldly. If I can do it, anyone can, and with your help, I will reach the summit. Together, we can climb the highest mountains and effect change in the world…let’s do this!!!

 

Thank you for your support...

 

To contact David about supporting Project Inspire, email him at dfranklinroberts@gmail.com

"Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution."

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