Climbing Sky High

Four injured military service members joined NFL stars to take on the monumental challenge of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for Wounded Warriors.

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    Group WWP

    Team Hard Target at Arusha National Park against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro before their first day of hiking.  The team included former ex-solider Bryan Wagner; former Marine Ben Lunak; ex-solider Michael Wilson; former Marine Nancy Schiliro, New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi; Tennessee Titans coach and former Chicago Bears player, Jeff Fisher; and former Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams player Chad Lewis.
    Dan Moses
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    Ben and Bryan WWP

    Bryan Wagner, (right) aka Wags, the jokster of the group, takes a break with Ben Lunak.  The two lost a leg each during service in Iraq and climbed with prosthetic legs.      
    Dan Moses
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    firstn glimpse of the mountain

    They're out of the gate, and get their first glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance.
    Dan Moses
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    Ben WWP

    Ben Lunak and the team tackle a difficult ascent up the Barranco Wall.
    Dan Moses
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    Bryan Wagner WWP

    An intense and challenging day for Bryan Wagner who climbed up slippery cliffs with one prosthetic leg. 
    Dan Moses
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    climbing by waterfall

    A 5-hour hike day takes them west onto a river gorge and leads them to the Shira Camp.
    Dan Moses
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    hiking mountain in background

    From Shira Camp to Barranco Camp.
    Dan Moses
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    mike wilson

    A rainy start doesn’t get Wounded Warrior Mike Wilson down.
    Dan Moses
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    raining and rocky

    The team heads east past a tower called “Shark’s tooth” to reach Barranco Camp.
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    rocky climbing

    The team climbs about 3,000 ft straight up an ascending path along a steep rocky ridge
    Dan Moses
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    steep day

    The group takes on a steep cliff.
    Dan Moses
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    team climbing

    The trek continues on for Team Hard Target.
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    team through mud

    The group battles the elements.
    Dan Moses
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    the goal looms

    Mount Kilimanjaro looms in the distance.
    Dan Moses
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    warriors day

    Team Hard Target sticks together to motivate and encourage each other.
    Dan Moses
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