I never thought I would find myself on the tallest mountain in North America. Denali, or Mt. Mckinley as it is known to most outside of Alaska, had been a small vision I sometimes saw on clear days growing up near Fairbanks. It stands towering over the Alaska plains and appears to be more massive storm cloud than mountain. Yet, there I was on May 31 carrying 60 pounds of gear up thousands of feet of glacier on Denali’s lower slopes. Although not the largest item in my pack, the one that weighed heaviest on my heart and mind was a single… Read More
A Living Memorial
The Summit Project is a Living Memorial, open to the participation of everyone who wants to help ensure that Maine Heroes are NOT Forgotten. Everyone is invited to help TSP build and bolster our greater Maine community. We invite you to be part of this living memorial in any way that you can imagine. Just send us your idea and we can make it happen. It is here that you will see that The Summit Project is truly a Living Memorial!
TSP welcomes groups of any size and any affiliation who want to carry the memorial stones and memories of our fallen in order to honor and sustain their memories. If you represent a group, have an idea for a Team Event, we want to know it. Get involved here. Get involved today. We to invite you to be part of The Summit Project, and we thank you for honoring our heroes through this living memorial.
On this page we congratulate and celebrate those Teams of dedicated individuals who are part of the Living Memorial of The Summit Project. Every event you see on this page proves that TSP is accomplishing our mission and that we are carrying on the unfinished work of our fallen heroes from Maine toward creating a safer, sounder, more just community — here in Maine and all across the world. Thank you for honoring the sacrifice of our fallen Maine heroes and their families and being part of this Living Memorial. MHANF.
13 July 2015: A huge CONGRATULATIONS to Scott Jurek, who crested the summit of Mount Katahdin in Maine, becoming the fastest person to finish a supported thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. He completed the 2,189-mile journey in 46 days, 8-plus hours, breaking the previous record by just more than three hours. What is important for TSP is in this attempt to break the record Scott took a moment on the trail, with Michael Keighley, to learn about TSP and honor two fallen Maine heroes through The Summit Project living memorial. While he was attempting to break a land record,… Read More
Run for Cash by: SSG Jedediah A. Philpot Prior to the Run for Cash, I had established a relationship with Mrs. Nancy Lee Kelley and Mr. Bob Kelley. I had sat in their living room and had many discussions with them. Surrounded by pictures and displays of CPT Christopher Cash. I have always been struck by the upbeat attitude and welcoming by both of them. Prior to the 5K event I was asked to carry CPT Cash’s stone. I willingly accepted not knowing the emotions that come with an event for a man that I had never met or known,… Read More
The Summit Project – Mt. Katahdin by Morgan “Ziggy” Anderson On Saturday, June 27th I took part in a non-hosted hike of Mt. Katahdin. I am ashamed to admit that even though I have spent the majority of my life in Maine and grew up in it’s shadow – I had never hiked the mountain. I had always preferred sticking to the northern part of Baxter State Park where there were less people. Heading into the woods for me is about the opportunity for reflection that comes with getting away from all of the distractions – people, technology, everyday life…… Read More
TSP at GORUCK Light Event Catherine Gordon I woke up Saturday morning nervous knowing that it was GO time for the GORUCK light event in Portland Maine. A scared little voice in my head said, “Why did I sign up for this?” Then I bucked myself up and reminded myself that it wasn’t about me. It was about honoring the memory of Maine’s fallen heroes. And I knew that beside me the whole way would be my TSP family: Ted Coffin, Scott Stitham, Morgan Anderson, John Bagley, Greg Johnson, and Gold Star Family member, Dylan Harris. During GORUCK… Read More
HOOAH to Cadets Alex Jordan, Nick Jordan, Dylan Petropoulos, Paola Hernandez, Brian Foley, James Mannette, Zack Willson, and Hunter Anderson who assisted with The Summit Project event today (http://thesummitproject.org). Cadets donated their first full day of vacation, got up early, and carrried stones to keep alive the memory of the fallen or carried the colors to proclaim their pride for our nation and armed forces. The outpouring of support for these cadets and the fallen was amazing; pedestrians stopping to take photos and clapping, tourists stopping to ask questions, horns honking, and cries of ‘HOOAH” from open windows. Cpl Ouk… Read More
On 29 May 15, twenty-four members from the Nokomis Regional High School JROTC and JMG programs climbed Bigelow Mountain (4150ft – 10 mile hike) in western Maine as part of the Summit Project. The Summit Project is a living memorial that pays tribute to the fallen service members from Maine who have died in the line of duty since September 11, 2001. The Summit Project inspires service, strengthens~communities and changes lives. It reinforces the values that all Mainers hold dear – we look after one another, we remember one another, we take care of… Read More
“The Summit Project” Memorial Day Tribute Trek 2015 MORE amazing pics here. http://foliomarketingandcreative.smugmug.com/Professional/The-Summit-Project-at-Baxter-S Posted on May 26, 2015 by TheSummitProject (Edit) A tribute trek this weekend helped keep the memory of Maine’s fallen heroes alive. That’s the mission of “The Summit Project.” It’s a living memorial which honors service members who have died serving our country since 9-11. Family members of the fallen chose a stone to memorialize their loved one. For the second year, the program hosted it’s weekend of remembrance. It began Saturday with a convoy of more than 100 Patriot Riders as well as some State Police troopers who transported the… Read More
LOTS of great pics from the TSP Bangor Fundraiser here. Special thanks to Bangor based singer and songwriter and Army Veteran, Kevin Hamel for donating your time and talent for the evening. Everyone thought you were amazing AND you delivered on your promise with a cover tune by JOURNEY! Thank you Tony “the Toothpick” Llerena for these great pics. MHANF. http://www.tonyllerena.com/Professional/The-Summit-Project-at-Seasons/
Saturday 09 May2015 – Bath, Maine – “The MURPH” (Russ Shoberg) As a guy who loves hiking and running in the woods, trail runs have become my favorite type of event these past years. Back in snowy February, an upcoming MURPH trail run in Bath caught my eye. When I learned that it was named in honor of the late SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy, my interest in participating continued to grow, and I felt that it would be most appropriate to include the SEAL honored by TSP. So for this run, I requested permission to carry two stones. I… Read More