Fort Drum Soldier Climbing To New Heights

Fort Drum Soldier Climbing To New Heights

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Sergeant 1st Class Jacob Carlson with the 10th Mountain Division will be "climbing to glory" at the beginning of August and it's for a good cause, too.

"We plan on going to the summit. We will start out on the first, camp out around 9,000 feet. We'll push to the summit around 3:30 in the morning and catch a sunrise on the second," he said.

That's Sgt. Carlson's plan for climbing Mount Adams in Washington state. It's a fundraiser for the Thousand Islands Area Habitat for Humanity, which he has volunteered for over the years. His fellow service member First Lieutenant Jacob Wilson will be climbing with him.

"So I started in Nashville, Tennessee, when I was stationed at Fort Campbell helping others and building homes, so I've just continued my support, everywhere I've been I've contributed and here I just figured I'd put more forward," said Carlson.

The total elevation of Mount Adams is 12,280 feet. The goal is to raise $6,740.

"The money that they will be able to raise for us will stay local here. What that money is actually used for is to buy the lumber, buy the material and buy the flooring that goes into a house project," said Brain Drappo, executive director of Thousand Islands Area Habitat of Humanity.

Donations can be made though Thousand Islands Habitat for Humanity's website or checks mailed to its office.

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