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Mungeclimber

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Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 19, 2017 - 08:46pm PT
Lot of folks think, ah hell, they're Marines, they'll be fine. And they often are carrying their head high shoulder to shoulder with their brethren. But when one gets stuck in between the cracks, this Fund seems to make all the difference in the world!

You might recall in 2012 my buddy Tim raised over $55k on an unsupported solo ride across the United States.

I'd like to ask your support one more time. This event, Tim is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail as a thru hike to again raise awareness and funds for the Semper Fi fund. What's odd about this endurance event is not just that he's solo, or that he is no longer in his 40s, but that he's going North to South. A lot of PCT thru hikers go South to North so that they don't hit heavy snows in the early season. This year in particular has been a challenge because of the snow, ice and run off for one of the wettest winters on record. A true challenge and test of desire to want to help others.

In fact, today, as I've been following his SPOT tracker, it appears he's heading back North on the trail after making some good miles southbound. I suspect a river crossing has proved impassable and he has to turn back to the nearest pavement. This has got to be demoralizing, because this is his second set back. You see, he had to start from Mazama, WA and had to hike North JUST TO ATTEMPT TO REACH THE STARTING POINT! I mean, who in their right mind does that? :) The first set back proved to be a post holing nightmare through steep terrain. A mere 17 miles from the Canadian border he turned around to try and head south for the rest of the trail. Wisdom being the better part of valor, he'll return to that section.

As a result of these set backs I wanted to post up and see if I could help spread the word and raise his funding a little bit and keep him motivated. Truly every little bit helps. On his bike ride, he had folks just taking change out of their ash trays, wadded up dollar bills from a pocket and just average mid-westerners donating through the donation link as he peddled. Very grass roots. But in the backcountry its harder to meet people to spread the word.

Just like the ride, this is a lonesome affair and he can't do all his fund raising in person. NOT A DIME GOES TO HIM. The link goes directly to the fund.

If you haven't heard of it, the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. They direct urgently needed resources to post 9-11 Marines and Sailors, as well as members of the Army, Air Force or Coast Guard who serve in support of Marine forces. The Fund earns the highest marks on Charity Navigator

For those that assume the government will take care of returning soldiers, I would urge you to check out their site and see the amazing work they do.

http://semperfifund.org/

Target Goal - $100,000 [DOUBLE HIS LAST GOAL!!!]
Currently at - $31,715

http://www.opawakening2.com/ for full info

DONATE HERE... https://fundraising.semperfifund.org/checkout/donation?fcid=701135 (or click thru his site to the link)

You can get (updates) here...

https://www.facebook.com/OPERATIONAWAKENING/
Mungeclimber

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Topic Author's Reply - Jun 19, 2017 - 09:01pm PT
mtnyoung

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Twain Harte, California
Jun 20, 2017 - 07:09am PT
Tim's the real deal. His fundraising efforts benefit a real nonprofit too (this is not, not, NOT the fund for wounded vets that had problems with corruption).

Vicki and I donated $250.00 to the cause.

We're also tracking his progress south (he's never been able to do things the "easy" way - he had to go north to south during one of the heaviest snow years ever....).
Dingus Milktoast

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Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Jun 20, 2017 - 07:16am PT
Tim Toumey is a hardass Marine combat vet climber with a heart as big the moon and a back as strong as an ox. I've known the guy for many years, have done FAs with him, bullshitted around camp fires, mourned the loss of loved ones with him.

I admire the guy immensely.

I kicked down for this project as well. I'd encourage others to do the same.

Starting the PCT in Washington though.... gotta be a Marine! :)

DMT
Mike.

climber
Jun 20, 2017 - 09:07am PT
Thanks for putting this out there, Mungeclimber & all. Worthy.

Don't know Tim, but anyway: Hey, Tim, it's good to be solo, eh?! Think of the PITA a partner would have been and would be...F that!!! You know the drill one step and one day at a time. Savor the flavors. Thanks for your service on all fronts.
Mungeclimber

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Topic Author's Reply - Jun 20, 2017 - 09:11am PT
Thx guys!

Nick Danger

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Arvada, CO
Jun 20, 2017 - 09:22am PT
Semper Fi Marine! I have made my donation. I want to thank Mungeclimber for pointing this steller effort out.
Mungeclimber

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Topic Author's Reply - Jun 20, 2017 - 02:39pm PT
Another hard couple of days I just found out. Set backs are just that, not the end, just momentary pauses.
Mungeclimber

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Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2017 - 09:38pm PT
Been seeing a lot of advertisements for wounded warrior program. Must be deep pockets for TV adverts. But this one isn't filled with overhead. Funding goes directly to support those coming back.

I saw two other grass roots efforts, one was a tractor with a trailer rv set up he was driving the tractor (old school John Deere, but modified gearing) across the country.

Another guy was walking the four corners clockwise across the edges of the country. He's in SF right now. Pretty amazing job. Looks like it is just him.


And there's Tim https://www.facebook.com/OPERATIONAWAKENING/

He pulled into Trout Lake for resupply. 67 miles in 4 days. ... over mostly snow covered PCT ground. Navigating on that suncup with a gps in one hand and an ice axe in the other.





Only at 32% of goal right now. Send this on to one friend. Maybe you know someone that has served. His or her sharing it on to others might generate a shift to a higer percent. You never know.

Thank you!
mtnyoung

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Twain Harte, California
Jul 4, 2017 - 09:39am PT
Vicki and I have been trading text messages with him about his trail conditions in Washington versus ours at Crater Lake. He's had a much more difficult hike.
Mungeclimber

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Topic Author's Reply - Jul 4, 2017 - 11:20am PT
Definitely. You can see the thrill in his eyes about pounding dirt instead of scratching snow and ice.
Mungeclimber

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Topic Author's Reply - Jul 16, 2017 - 08:18pm PT
Bump
Mungeclimber

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Topic Author's Reply - Aug 12, 2017 - 07:39am PT
http://ktvl.com/news/local/man-walks-from-canada-to-mexico-to-raise-money-for-injured-marines

Still plugging away, and any help appreciated.
mtnyoung

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Twain Harte, California
Aug 12, 2017 - 08:24am PT
^^^

Posting here when you're supposed to be getting your gear together and going climbing with me?

You better not be late :)

(Bump.)
Mungeclimber

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Topic Author's Reply - Aug 12, 2017 - 06:08pm PT
was basically on time bump
Mungeclimber

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Topic Author's Reply - Aug 23, 2017 - 06:52pm PT
So close to 40k bump!


I can't believe this other guy has raise 151k just for walking around lake Tahoe?!??!!?! Kudos, yes. But clearly the long patrol is a harder sell to undertake, to keep at, and then actually get people to divest themselves of a few bucks. Look if you're running paycheck to paycheck, don't donate. Even though I know some of you have. For that, you deserve angel wings!

But if your looking for a donation to make a tax write off and you're just waiting, this is a truly worthy cause. Now is a great time! Charity Navigator rates Semper Fi fund 501c3 highly.


So yeah, that's my spiel for Tim. I'll lay off the bumps for awhile.

Thanks
Mike.

climber
Aug 24, 2017 - 07:12am PT
Thanks for pushing this up, Munge. Power on, Tim. Good work, everyone.
Dingus Milktoast

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Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Aug 24, 2017 - 07:24am PT
The dude is a machine! He started at the wrong end of the PCT and simply won't stop pushing through. :)

Its as if he's a Marine on a mission.

He is... rallying help to the cause of injured vets. Help him!

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

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Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Aug 24, 2017 - 09:25pm PT
Timmay!!!!!!
Timmay!!!!!!
Credit: Dingus Milktoast

DMT
mtnyoung

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Twain Harte, California
Aug 24, 2017 - 09:49pm PT
^^^^


Well damn, I think I've seen that sign somewhere before (bump!):


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