Episode 44: Joshua Brandon alive and well in the mountains.

Veterans Dan Wiwczar, Derek Quintanilla, and Joshua Brandon on the summit of Mt. Olympus in Washington State.

Veterans Dan Wiwczar, Derek Quintanilla, and Joshua Brandon on the summit of Mt. Olympus in Washington State. Click to see trip report.

On Episode 44 of the Enormocast, a chance meeting leads to an enlightening interview with Iraq war vet Joshua Brandon. Josh explains how struggles with PTSD led him to finding solace in the mountains and climbing (turns out that mountaineering has many of the thrills of combat but without the guys shooting at you). He explains his mission with the Sierra Club to help his brothers and sisters in the military find an outlet in the mountains, and what its like to try to get the Department of Defense to hug a few trees.

Sierra Club: Mission Outdoors

Sierra Club: Military Families and Veterans Intitiative

Josh’s buddy Stacy Bare on the Dirtbag Diaries

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5 Responses to Episode 44: Joshua Brandon alive and well in the mountains.

  1. This was an awesome episode—listened on the eve of Veteran’s day driving back from Bishop so it was especially apropos. I was so stoked you referenced Stacy Bare and the Dirtbag Diaries’ Home Front episode. The two really go together well as companion pieces. Required listening for climbers and folks beyond!

    Both of these podcasts are so important on many levels. I think something is quietly brewing and gathering momentum here. Toss in Paradox Sports and their good work and you see something very positive that’s developing in the climbing world. It may be that climbing is coming out of it’s adolescence. It’s not just about the “me” element so much anymore.

    Thanks for shining a light on these great organizations!

  2. Jared Sainato says:

    Thanks for sharing! Josh does a great job of putting into words feelings that I have felt many times. As an active duty Army who sneaks into the mountains whenever possible, I can totally relate.

  3. Darren Cioppa says:

    I agree, definitely an awesome interview. The Fresh Air of the outdoor world! Thanks Chris.

  4. Bruce Black says:

    Chris, this episode was absolutely fantastic! Keep up the great work.

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