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Ascents of Honor

Ascents of Honor - A special evening to benefit the nonprofit MWO


Zeier in Fallujah, Iraq, 2006

In 2006, Reconnaissance Marine Keith Zeier was involved in an IED explosion that left him with severe injuries. The four other men involved in the explosion lost their lives.

The incident ended Zeier's military career and eventually claimed his left leg, but it did not strip him of the mental strength and perseverance he gained while serving. As he worked through his recovery, he grew intimately familiar with the issues faced by wounded soldiers. He became determined to help fellow veterans, and the families of his fallen comrades.

Doctors told him he would never walk without a cane, but Zeier went on to complete the NYC Marathon, a 100-mile ultra-endurance marathon, and then climbed 14,409-foot Mount Rainier—all to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

With the Rainier summit, the vision for Ascents of Honor was born: Zeier would work with climbing guide Andy Politz to train for and summit Mount Washington, New Hampshire. They would climb via the ice falls of Huntington Ravine, and spend the night at Mount Washington Observatory. The climb would be documented in an inspirational film to raise awareness of veteran's issues and the Ascents of Honor project. They would then work with other wounded veterans to plan more climbs, providing camaraderie and a sense of belonging for the soldiers, inspiring Americans to embrace returning veterans into their communities, all the while raising funds to support the families of fallen soldiers through the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Then, on January 17, 2013, part way through their Mount Washington ascent, an avalanche changed everything.


Join Mount Washington Observatory, together with Zeier, Politz, and Ascents of Honor film producer Thom Pollard, for a behind-the-scenes look at this incredible story. Gain insight into the world of the wounded veteran, hear first-hand accounts of the avalanche, and be inspired by the infallible determination of an American soldier who refuses to let tragedy end his mission to help fellow veterans.

The evening will include never before seen footage from the climb, exclusive interviews with the team, and intimate discussions with Zeier, Politz, and Pollard. Doors will open at 6pm for a cash bar and hearty h'ordeuvres, and the presentation will begin at 7pm. Coffee and a Q&A session will follow.

Tickets are $100 for Observatory members or $125 for the general public, and may be purchased online or by phone at (800) 706-0432, ext. 230.

When: Thursday, April 11, 2013

Where: WilmerHale
60 State Street
Boston, MA 02109

All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory, helping to support our work in weather observation, research and education.

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