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Stacy Bare
Stacy Bare is a skier, climber, mountaineer, and sometimes surfer who served one tour of duty in Iraq as a Civil Affairs Team Leader after being recalled from the Individual Ready Reserve. He received his commission into the United States Army from the University of Mississippi and is currently Director of Sierra Club's Mission Outdoors program. Through direct programming, public education and advocacy, Mission Outdoors combats the growing divide between America and the outdoors by increasing opportunities for all to improve their overall well-being by exploring and enjoying the natural world.

Entries by Stacy Bare

Commemorating 9/11 and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 12:57 PM

Since 2010, when Veterans Expeditions launched what I think was the first 9/11 Commemoration Climb to help America see the day as an opportunity to lead us to new heights vs. remembering only the despair and destruction, several other organizations...

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Should We All Get on a Bus to Missouri in the Morning?

(13) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 8:54 AM

I am sitting on my couch paralyzed, impotent, and full of rage. Its 10:41 p.m., I have emails to catch up on and work I'm behind on and I'm glued to my Twitter feed. I'm frantically posting and emailing wondering if I shouldn't be organizing a bus to take people...

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I Am OK. Now what?

(1) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 5:16 PM


I don't do drugs anymore. I'm sober. I'm able to sleep through most nights, but waking up can still be a challenge. I'm in a stable job doing work that I love. I'm in the first year of what feels very much like...

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Following Up on Shinseki as a Hero

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 10:45 AM

On June 2, I wrote a blog titled "Shinseki is a Hero" and was encouraged by the vigorous discussion on social media. I was also surprised at the number of people who are blaming the former Secretary of the VA for Congress' inability to do their job outside...

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Shinseki Is a Hero

(3) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 10:19 AM

General Shineski is a hero.

He took a job nobody wanted where everyone would criticize, few people would help, and yet he and a group of incredibly hard working public servants have done nothing short of revolutionizing the VA. In his five years of continued service to our nation he:

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Syrian Refugee Education: A Conversation With Zack Bazzi

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 12:24 PM


Last week I had the opportunity to catch up with my good friend and fellow veteran Zack Bazzi who is planning on making a trip to Northern Iraq in June of this year to bring support to schools in refuge camps for Syrians...

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Three Bobcat Claps for Jon

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 10:35 AM

Our high school mascot was the Bobcat and we had this substitute teacher, an old Coach named Bill Gibbons who called us all "Bobcat" or "Young Bobcat." He never knew your name, or maybe he did, but he just called us all "Bobcat" anyway. And when something was cool or...

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Questions for Veteran Service Organizations and Me

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 4:44 PM

On Saturday, I posted my thoughts surrounding the responses to the shooting at Ft. Hood and there was quite a solid discussion on what ended up being the Facebook post about the many different reactions to the challenges of coming home from war, fitting in after a deployment,...

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Response to Fort Hood -- a Bigger Picture

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2014 | 2:09 PM

A lot of postulating about what to do with veterans in our country was already happening prior to the shootings at Fort Hood last week. We've seen an unsurprising spike of these conversations following the tragedy.

I've been a part of the conversation in some small way but would like...

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What's Happening in Venezuela

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 10:21 AM

In the spring of 2009, as part of a design studio looking at sustainable tourism in the beach and cocoa producing town of Choroní, I had the opportunity to visit Venezuela and was privileged to meet a number of people who I've stayed in close touch with since. I got...

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A Note on Chad Kellogg's Death

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 11:35 AM

You may have seen, if you are a climber or are friends with a climber, that this last week the climbing world lost a bright light in Chad Kellogg when a rock fall claimed his life in Patagonia. I did not know Chad personally, though I'm only two...

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A Few Words for the Dude Bros

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 10:50 AM


Last year, at the age of 34 I did two things a lot of people never thought I would. I learned to ski (I used to snowboard... poorly) and I got married. It even snowed the day before our wedding... in September. Some...

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Interview With Teresa Baker, Creator of African American National Parks Event

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 11:28 AM


There's a general perception in the outdoor recreation community that the black community simply doesn't go outdoors. Instead, it's a "white thing." In the last few years in my work, I've learned that while numbers for black Americans...

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The Shovel and Questions for America

(2) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 9:13 AM

I wake up in the morning and feel like I've been hit in the face with a shovel.

I am baffled, disoriented, groggy and a little bit sore. I've got a headache.

I need you -- the American public who elected the officials that sent me to war --...

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Veterans Day: Get Outside

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 6:51 PM


special thanks to USMC Mike Ramsey for the above photo

People always ask me the best way to say thank you to a veteran or service member and their families in what can often be an awkward exchange that muddles the heartfelt gratitude...

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Diversity & Mt. Everest: An Interview with Luis Benitez

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 11:40 AM

2013-09-09-LUISANDSHERPASESUMMIT02small.jpgAs the end of the summer mountaineering season comes to a close, I have been reflecting back on a big year that included one of the most disastrous events on Mt. Everest / Sagarmatha / Chomolungma and a year where it seems like...

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Climate Recon: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

(8) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 10:42 AM


The last two weeks I spent in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with four other military veterans and two volunteer guides from the Sierra Club. The weather was colder, and snowier, than any trip in the 30+ years of combined experience from both guides....

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Veterans, We Need to Show Up!

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 2:59 PM

My fellow brothers and sisters who have, or who are, serving in the United States Armed Forces, we have a problem. There are those among our community of veterans, who have at times, treated with disdain or indifference, the sea of goodwill from the American public which has given millions...

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I'm Not Trying to Be Well-Adjusted

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 12:44 PM

Frozen river in northern Minnesota, Photo Courtesy of Aaron Leonard.

The other day, someone told me that I seemed like a "relatively well-adjusted veteran." They wanted to know how long it took for me to feel like I was back in society....

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The New Role of the Explorer

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 5:50 PM

(Photo courtesy of Chris Kassar)

In decades past, the role of the explorer, the adventurer, was pretty clear-cut: go to empty spots on the map and fill them in. If you were from Europe, the empty spots you sought would look different than...

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