2 servicemen set to begin Trooper Traverse expedition

Posted at 4:35 PM, May 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 18:35:36-04

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Two active servicemen will retrace a Colorado ski route used by soldiers in 1944 during the four-day Trooper Traverse expedition.

The Aspen Daily News reported ( ) Tuesday that Thatcher Merrill and a member of the Army's Special Forces will start skiing Thursday and plan to finish Sunday in Aspen.

They will start near the base of Half Moon Creek below Mt. Massive with the intent of skiing about 30 miles (48 kilometers) over Independence Pass to the Hunter Creek Valley.

This will be Merrill's third time doing the Trooper Traverse.

He hopes to raise $5,000 for the Green Beret Foundation after meeting similar fundraising targets during the past two expeditions.

The Trooper Traverse honors the legacy of the 10th Mountain Division.