"If you attend Beached, you are going to find yourself surrounded by incredible people all willing to help each other out and have a good time."
"The nice thing about Navigator is that during the day you learn a great deal, then the whistle blows and you get to relax/refit at the camp fire with friends."
"My day is getting closer. As I check the Events tab on the GORUCK Facebook Page, I get a feeling in my stomach of anxiousness. My class is at the top of the list, next in line for evaluation. 5 days away. Gosh that seems sudden."
"As we loitered that morning, half dizzy as the second guessing swirled through our heads and half groggy because of the coffee we decided to forgo, our Cadre startled us out of a daze as you would expect from a US Special Forces leader."
"At first I was worried he was going to make me out as a martyr and make everyone else work harder because of me, but he was praising me for my effort. Praising me for my never complaining and my willingness to do whatever necessary to get the task completed. I never faltered and I never wavered. He acknowledged that. Then he told us we were finished and we all were relieved. We had made it the entire 12 hours and I have just become the first ever paralyzed person to achieve a GORUCK Tough patch. History had been made and I was proud to be the first one to do so. I again proved that a disability was strictly a mindset and that anything was possible. Why? Because I am Michael Mills."
"Cadre Dan told me you have to go with the “kill or be killed” attitude, and I plan on doing that. I need to do this for me. I also feel that I want to do this for everyone who believes in me. I do not want to let anyone down again, but more importantly I want to prove to myself what I already know: that I can finish GORUCK Selection. I’ll be back for another round at JAX Beach in December. Expect a few training updates before then."
"Finally, Chris says my name. “Paige, stand up.” And I knew I had made it. I was in a daze. Someone had contacted my family and friends and they all materialized out of the darkness. My dog, the best hiking buddy ever, ran up to me. The volunteers came out. The Cadre smiled, I smiled. Finally. I can’t describe the feeling. It was just incredible."
"Don’t quit when it gets hard. Almost anything worthwhile in life is usually attached to some form of challenge or difficulty."
"The Light may well have been the hardest thing I've done when both the physical and mental aspects are considered. (I have to get the mental side in there, because twelve hours of labor is nothing to sneer at physically.) I feel a real sense of pride that I was able to do it."