Mt. Elbert Veterans Day Challenge 2021

Dr. Evan Davies and Antonio Paris will be climbing Mt. Elbert on Veterans Day which stands at 14,440-foot (4401.2 m) and is the highest summit of the Rocky Mountains, the highest point in the U.S. state of Colorado, and the second-highest summit in the contiguous United States (after Mount Whitney). They are raising money to benefit the Allied Forces Foundation, Inc (AFF), which is dedicated to improving the quality of life of our wounded, ill, and injured veterans through participation in adventurous and challenging outdoor activities. Regardless of age, gender, race, or ethnicity, the Allied Forces Foundation will focus on rehabilitation and empowerment for these wounded heroes and their families, who clearly understand the high cost of freedom.

All funds raised by these amazing warriors will go toward our future events in 2022 which will support wounded, ill, and injured families, and caregivers.

About the team

Antonio Paris is a disabled veteran, a former U.S. Army Infantry Officer, and served in multiple combat tours overseas. Antonio is now the Chief Scientist at Planetary Science, Inc. and a graduate of the NASA Mars Education Program at the Mars Space Flight Center. He is the author of Mars: Your Personal 3D Journey to the Red Planet and has published a variety of research focused on the planet Mars. Antonio is a fellow at the Explorers Club, the Washington Academy of Sciences and the American Astronomical Society. 

Dr. Evan Davies served in the U.S. Army for over five years and is currently a Naval Officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He has served in multiple combat tours overseas. Evan, moreover, is an anthropologist, science writer and now practices family medicine. He is the author of Emigrating Beyond Earth: Human Adaptation and Space Exploration, and he is a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club.