Chris Nolin, from Branford, CT, graduated from the US Air Force Academy and became an Air Force intelligence officer and foreign area officer. He served for 12 years, with assignments to the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Within his varied career, Chris also held positions such as Air Force Survival instructor, Air Force Skydiving Team captain, and Defense Attaché.
After separating from active duty, he found reintegration into civilian life much easier with frequent trips to the mountains. Climbs to the summits of Pico de Orizaba (19,000+ feet), Mt Rainier (14,000+ ft), and Denali (20,000+ ft), along with many fourteeners in Colorado, cap his alpine climbing resume. Chris also became a certified whitewater river guide, guiding customers and friends on some of the toughest rivers in the country, including the Upper Gauley (Class V), the Arkansas (Class IV), and the Cache la Poudre (Class IV). He has also rowed his 14ft raft down the entire length of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, a trip which changed his life forever, making him see himself and his place in the world with invigorating, humble clarity.
He realizes that the comraderie, challenge, sacrifice, and goal-setting necessary to climb big mountains and run fast rivers was therapeutic, filling in some of the pieces that he misses from the military. It’s his mission now to show others, who are having difficulty in their lives due to their military service, the power and calm of the world’s mountains and rivers.