Cadet Mountaineering Club
The U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Mountaineering Club volunteered to help in the search for missing cadet candidate Micah Tice (read more about the search for Micah Tice) at the beginning of December. The search has been suspended for now.
While the members of the club volunteered their time, the USAFA Endowment, in partnership with the Association of Graduates, created this initiative helping raise money to offset expenses incurred by the club while they stayed near the search site.
Updates on the search
About the Club
Club members were named Hometown Heroes for the Pikes Peak region after they helped rescue two unprepared hikers on Torreys Peak in October 2017. That climb was a beneficial learning experience for the cadets.
“We always talk about Warrior Ethos here at the Academy,” said Lt. Col. Robert Marshall '01, officer-in-charge of the club. “But there is only so much talking about it before you have to go out there and practice it. Mother Nature is a really good teacher, and she will always find a way to push your limits.”
One of the cadets on that hike agreed with the assessment.
“This club gives you an opportunity to take a step back from the bustling of everyday life. This was by far the greatest experience I’ve had here in terms of growing as a leader and pushing myself beyond what I could do. Coming back from that [Kelso Ridge], there isn’t much that fazes me anymore in day-to-day life," said James Lambert, who graduated in 2018.