Everest Summit Beckons 2SOPS Captain

May 10, 2013  - By 0 Comments

An unofficial group of airmen from the United States Air Force (USAF) is climbing the world’s mountains to spread patriotism and pride in the military, and raise funds for military charities. The team has already achieved six of the famed “seven summits” of the world as part of the USAF Seven Summits Challenge. At this moment, they’re pushing toward the final challenge, the summit of Mount Everest.

Capt. Colin Merrin, 2nd Space Operations Squadron, Capt. Heidi Kent, 7th Space Operations Squadron, and Capt. Megan Harkins, 1st Space Operations Squadron, pause to represent the 50th Space Wing at Mount Everest Base Camp. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Marshall Klitzke)

Capt. Colin Merrin, 2nd Space Operations Squadron, Capt. Heidi Kent, 7th Space Operations Squadron, and Capt. Megan Harkins, 1st Space Operations Squadron, pause to represent the 50th Space Wing at Mount Everest Base Camp. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Marshall Klitzke)

Taking part is Capt. Colin Merrin, a GPS operator from the 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2SOPS). Merrin and the USAF Seven Summits Team will climb the Southeast Ridge of Mount Everest via the South Col, a route originally pioneered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953.

The seven summits are the highest mountains of each of the seven continents. Climbing all of them is regarded as a top mountaineering achievement.

In the photo above, Merrin is shown standing at Aconcagua base camp in the Andes mountain range in Argentina. His trek up Aconcagua in February 2012 helped prepare him for his Everest climb.

Air Force Print News Today featured the climbers in its May 8 issue. Follow the team’s progress on their Facebook page, and via GPS tracking.

 Capt. Colin Merrin, member of the USAF 7 Summits Challenge team, stands at the summit of Mount Rainier located in Washington state. He plans to reach the summit of Mount Everest in May of this year. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Capt. Colin Merrin)

Capt. Colin Merrin, member of the USAF 7 Summits Challenge team, stands at the summit of Mount Rainier located in Washington state. He plans to reach the summit of Mount Everest in May of this year. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Capt. Colin Merrin)

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