Anthony, Seth, Matthew, Aaron, and Daniel: Climbing out of the darkness

Over the course of their 10-week voyage through Colorado’s wilderness, these climbers scaled all 54 of the state’s 14,000-foot peaks.

Climbers #1It began with a simple vision.

Anthony Reinert, an avid climber who had been attending Fort Lewis College in Durango, was looking for a way to bridge his passion for the outdoors with his desire to advocate for the cause of mental health. After talking with friends and family about assembling a hiking team united behind that purpose, he found four young mountaineers who were intrigued by the idea: Seth Pooler, Matthew Cranston, Aaron McDowell, and Daniel Frauenhoff.

And the 2015 Climb Out of the Darkness Expedition was born.

Over the course of their 10-week voyage through Colorado’s wilderness, these climbers scaled all 54 of the state’s 14,000-foot peaks. Their overarching mission: to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness in Colorado, and let others facing a mental health condition know that they are not alone. Their efforts have been recognized by 9NEWS, The Denver Post, The Colorado Springs Gazette, Governor John Hickenlooper, and many others – including Mental Health Colorado, who recognized these climbers as the main honorees at our 2015 Tribute gala. Watch our video detailing their expedition.