On July 24th, over 70 Veteran hikers and dedicated volunteers gathered in Reno to hike for the Irreverent Warrior cause - prevent Veteran suicide through connection, camaraderie, and humor.
VET Tv is the proud National Sponsor for Irreverent Warriors in 2021. In addition to a $25,000 donation matching initiative, every ticket to an IW Silkies Hike comes with a free month subscription to VET Tv. REDEEM yours using code 2021RENO.
The hike was held in 'The Littlest Big City' in Nevada, with our starting point at the famous Reno Arch and ending at the 'Believe' sign and Space Whale - both of which are well-known art installations at Burning Man events. The route wound all through downtown Reno, the Brewery District, UNR, and a few local parks. Stops along the way included some great local staples likes Shifter's Pub and Shooters Saloon.
It was a HOT day, so the highlight of the hike (at least for the hikers!) was the chance to swim in the Truckee River and cool off for a bit. And, of course, the yard games of the classic tug-o-war and the 'clothespin' game (you gotta come to a hike to learn that one.)
"Biggest Little Hike in Nevada... We are a Family."
The mission of every IW hike is the same – prevent veteran suicide by bringing vets together with humor and camaraderie. This hike was the perfect representation of that mission.
This group was a great mix of veterans, active-duty service members, and some seriously incredible volunteers. At one point, a volunteer and a hiker who'd gone to high school together years ago - and hadn't seen each other since - crossed paths and the look on their faces said it all.
It was great to hear how a few veterans that had been out of the service for some time wanted to try out a hike because they missed the camaraderie (not the military - just the people!) Little did they know they were coming to the original home of camaraderie.
Thank you to all the local businesses and individuals who provided generous donations of food, drinks, and monetary contributions, or hosted us for stops along the hike!
Shifter's Pub - for welcoming up with open arms at our lunch stop. We had a great time!
VFW Post 9211 - for hosting us for our meet and greet, and encouraged us to come back anytime. We had a blast.
Shooters Saloon - for hosting us for our after-event and doing our raffles. Probably THE most military-supportive bar in all of Reno!
Genesee Roberts & The Wounded Warrior Projects - for showing up as an entire team to volunteer and help the hike go smoothly.
A special shout-out to these Veteran organizations and veteran-owned businesses that had tables set up at registration and were a huge support for our mission.
Nevada Department of Veteran Services
The Vet Center
Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Chapter 41-2
Sponsors & Donors
This hike would not have been possible without our other amazing sponsors. You ready for this list?!
Veteran Television (VET Tv) - our National Presenting Sponsor this year who donated Free Silkies to giveaway at the hike, and handed out a free month of VET Tv (seriously, did you redeem yours yet?? 2021RENO) to every hiker. VET Tv was set up with merch, stickers, and great conversation with hikers.
Port of Subs - for their generous donation of all the subs for our delicious lunch!
Woobie Brothers Apparel
Marked Tattoo Studio
High Mark Distillery
Reno Harley Davidson
Humboldt General Hospital
Mesa Rim Climbing Center
Engine 8 Urban Winery
Spartan Hydroflask Co.
Uplifted Tattoo Studio
Reno Cyle and Gear
Winnemucca BLM Fire (Smokey Bear)
Fight Camp Nevada
Who Made it Possible
Kristina Shaarda- Lead Coordinator
Lena Hite- Volunteer Coordinator
Huge shout out to these two women who put on a GREAT hike!
JOIN THE DEBAUCHERY
If you're looking for more hikes to attend this year (we certainly wouldn't blame you) you can find events in your area on the Irreverent Warriors website.
97% of the proceeds we raise at Irreverent Warriors goes directly to our mission - prevent Veteran suicide through connection, camaraderie, and humor. We're not into spreading awareness - we're into making a difference.
One Shared MissionVET Tv is the proud National Sponsor for Irreverent Warriors in 2021. In addition to a $25,000 donation matching initiative, every ticket to an IW Silkies Hike comes with a free month subscription to VET Tv.
***Blog Photo Credit*** Most blog photos are pulled from the IW-Nebraska Facebook Page and are contributed by hikers and attendees of the event that are happy to share their photos. Credit for these photos goes to Ron Ritenour, Joe Bento and Rebecca Lee and Daniel Rivera! If one of these photos is yours and you'd like individual credit, please reach out at email@example.com so we can do so!