Elaina “Elly” Reitenour enlisted in the Army in 2001 and shipped out right after graduation. Shortly after she enlisted, the US was attacked on September 11th. Elly’s career ideals changed with the attack and it reinvigorated her commitment to her military work.
These days, Elly enjoys spending time with her two children outdoors. They love to camp, swim, and hike as a family. She also enjoys volunteering her time with local nonprofits. Through this expedition, Elly hopes to prove to herself that she is more than the barriers she faces. In the past, she has tended to err on the side of caution in terms of her physical abilities. She looks forward to this expedition as an opportunity to break out of her comfort zone and challenge herself in a safe environment.