Oct. 4, 2010
USAFA, Colo. - On Sept. 25, the Air Force lacrosse team tackled a lofty challenge--climbing to the top of Mount Elbert, the highest peak in Colorado. With 26 newcomers joining this year's squad, it was the perfect opportunity for team building, as the Falcons pushed themselves as they reached the 14,433-foot summit.
"Climbing Mount Elbert was a great experience for me," said senior Brian Wilson. "First of all, it allowed us to come together as a team and get to know each other a little better. In particular, the upperclassmen got to know some of the freshmen who have only been on the team for a couple of months now. I've also always had a passion for the outdoors, and this trip allowed me to share that with the team."
In addition to helping build team camaraderie, the trip to Mount Elbert also highlighted the unique experience that comes with being a member of the Air Force lacrosse program.
"To me, this trip summed up how different my life has become since coming to the Academy," said senior Tristan Newkirk. "[After the climb], I got a call from a buddy back home telling me that he'd been partying all day. He meant well by seeing how I was doing, but something clicked inside of me."
"I realized at the moment how different our lives were," continued Newkirk. "He spent his day partying, while I spent mine climbing the highest mountain in Colorado. All I could think of was that line by Robert Frost: `Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.' "