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3rd Annual Browns Canyon 3 day whitewater paddling and Climbing Adventure July 19-21 2015

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This years 3 day Browns Canyon expedition lived up to it’s billing. Browns Canyon is now Browns Canyon National Monument and we celebrated this new designation with our friends at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Dvorak Expeditions, and 21 military veterans representing every service branch and every conflict from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan. The vets on this trip served every role from guide to participant.

BC 2015 7We had 2 long days of paddling whitewater, and one day of rock climbing in camp as well as art classes by Curt Bean and Art of War. Veterans were able to spend time together navigating boats and socializing in camp about the past and the future. “This trip grounded me last year and set me up for a great summer. I have been thinking about this trip, the vets I met, and the adventure we had together ever since. I have been looking forward to this years trip in a very big way, looking for more adventures with my brothers and sisters” says Navy veteran Jordan Daniel.

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Vets on this trip once again prove that all disabilities and abilities can come together and explore together as a team. At VetEx, we only see ability as our vets show us this time and time again. Our trips and expeditions are for all vets, all eras, all service types. We run trips this way because we are all veterans. This is our community. We want everyone to be included. This journey down Browns Canyon is a good example of this. The river always providing us with adrenaline and life lessons. We will see you next year as we plan to grow our whitewater program and offer more trips, to allow more vets to experience the power of a veteran run and veteran led adventure and community.

BC 2015 1BC 2015 11BC 2015 8BC 2015 2BC 2015 12As always, we must thank Keen for getting our vets on this trip in their awesome water shoes. Thank you Keen!

VetEx Whitewater Rafting and Climbing Browns Canyon Trip June 4-6 2013

Browns VetEx group river 2VetEx teamed up with Dvorak Expeditions to run our first whitewater rafting/rock climbing expedition in Browns Canyon Colorado this June. This trip will run annually with the help of local fundraising in Salida Colorado. Contact VetEx to find out how you can help with fundraising or sign up for next years trip.

This trip was three days in Browns Canyon with two nights spent out under the stars. Twelve veterans and five non-veterans made up the trip. The veterans had the opportunity to guide the boats down the river and climb canyon rock to their hearts content. The vets on this trip spanned from Vietnam to just home from Afghanistan. The dynamic of the group was very positive with plenty of great conversations of good times and bad times spent serving this great country of ours.

Browns boat Sam at BowWe will leave you with the pictures of the trip that tell the story better than words. This trip was made possible with fundraising from Jax Fish House/Big Red F Restaurant group Boulder CO.  Thank you Keen for donating river sandals to all of our veterans on this trip.  Thanks to Friends of Browns Canyon for the help and support. See you next year.

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