Stacy Bare returned from war in May 2007. In the years that followed he realized that war never really left him. He turned to skiing and climbing to get him through. Adventure Not War is series of projects led by Bare to climb, ski and adventure in all the places he served, where possible with other veterans he served with.
“In order to move forward in my own life, first I feel like I have to go back,” says Bare on the Adventure Not War website, “so that’s what I’m doing—going back to ski and climb with a few friends.”
This Stept Studio short production follows Bare, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and two other Iraq veterans, Robin Brown and Matthew Griffin, on their journey to revisit Iraq in February/March of this year, a decade after their time of service in the country. On their trip the three U.S. Military Captains made the first known ski ascent and decent of Mt. Halgurd, the highest mountain in the Kurdish Autonomous Region of Iraq in the Zagros Mountain Range, while also connecting with the Iraq people and culture without the shadow of war.
In 2015, as another Adventure Not War project, Bare teamed with Alex Honnold and the Honnold Foundation to travel to Angora for a “half climbing, half solar project” adventure. Bare had previously served in Angola with The HALO Trust to clear landmines in 2003/04.