Young Men Scale Mountains in Unique Recovery Program

Young Men Scale Mountains in Unique Recovery Program

By Victoria Kim 07/18/18
“I learned a lot of life lessons about being a man, taking responsibility, dealing with guilt and failure, and celebrating my successes,” said Nelson, a participant.
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One support program has set itself aside from the rest, by guiding young men in crisis along a better path—a program that concludes with scaling 20,000 feet of mountain.

The program, a part of the 2xtreme Foundation, involves 10 months of mental and physical preparation for the group climb. Not only that, the young men—who struggle with family life, drugs, school, or other issues—are taught the importance of accountability and community service.

John Davis, who founded 2xtreme more than 20 years ago, is the cornerstone of the program, according to testimonials provided on the foundation’s website.

“John was different from the beginning. It wasn’t just the climbing and the outdoor approach—it was how he reached out to me and was willing to meet me where I was at as an individual,” said Bryce, who first met John when he was in high school. “John accepted who I was, and changed the focus from what was wrong with me and how to fix it, to what I was doing and where I wanted to go.” After graduating high school, Bryce was able to scale Mt. Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, with the 2xtreme Dream program. 

The mountain-climbing expeditions have also been to Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and the Andes in South America.

“I learned a lot of life lessons about being a man, taking responsibility, dealing with guilt and failure, and celebrating my successes,” said Nelson, another participant.

The latest group completed the program in May and began their climb in June.

“Ten months ago I was really heavy into drugs. I didn’t have a good relationship with my parents and they sought out to find John,” said Luke.

“Being sober for the past nine months has really allowed me to mature. It’s funny how everything plays out, I feel like the last nine months have been one of the best nine months of my life. I’ve met incredible people. I’ve had incredible experiences and [now] I’m going to be halfway across the world hiking [and] building relationships with people that I’m going to have the rest of my life.”

The ultimate goal of 2xtreme is to establish a center where young men can receive mentoring and counseling, and have a place to do indoor climbing, gaming, and skateboarding.

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