Webinar: A Conversation on Loss & Resilience in a Life of Adventure
Join the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Expedition team members and survivors Rachel Hunsell and Gabriel Rao and two world-class explorers, Vern Tejas and Will Gadd, as we navigate conversations around life, loss, and resilience in a life of adventure. We will dive into personal stories and adventures to recount the experiences and discuss tangible lessons learned. This chat webinar will offer glimpses into lifestyles often limited to the imagination and build bridges of empathy to the similar experiences we all navigate in life, loss, and resilience.
This webinar is presented by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®.
All-round action hero Will Gadd is a living legend in the truest sense. Year after year, he continually pushes the boundaries of ice climbing and, even after having won every major title from the World Cup to the Winter X Games, still manages to impress. A veteran of the sport, Will continues to seek new adventures and seems to have a boundless energy. In 2010, he once again proved his pedigree by climbing a 130 foot ice wall solidly for 24 hours at the Ouray Ice Festival in Colorado, reaching a total height of 25,414 foot. Eager to rise to a fresh challenge, Will also broke the world distance record on a paraglider not once, but three times. He was also the first person to cross the U.S. by paraglider after a gruelling seven-week trek. His hunger for adventure doesn’t stop there however – he can turn his hand to almost every outdoor sport such as rock and ice climbing, kayaking, mountaineering, caving, Nordic and Alpine skiing and mountain biking.
As the Programs Manager for Outdoor Engagement, Rachel Hunsell develops, implements and supports programming in the outdoors across the TAPS network, including our backcountry Expeditions. Rachel connects survivors with the healing power of the outdoors and encourages participants to reconnect with their inner strength by creating emotionally safe and understanding environments. As a survivor honoring the life and death of her brother, Marine Lance Cpl. J. Kyle Price, she understands the valleys and mountaintops we experience along the journey after loss.
This webinar is free and open to the public. Continuing education is not available.