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RUSSELL DAVIES

As a member of the Army 101st Airborne light infantry, Russell Davies, 30, saw heavy combat during his two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2007 and 2011. And like many veterans, he struggled to find his place in the civilian world after his service. He felt aimless; he was drinking and partying and getting into fights. Eventually he found a healthier outlet—adventure sports. Kayaking especially, but also mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, and snowboarding.

“There’s no greater feeling than coming out of a chaotic scenario with your brothers and overcoming something you didn’t think you could,” Davies says. “When we’re running a huge waterfall, you’re like, ‘I don’t know if I can do this, but I trust these people to do the utmost to make sure I get through it. I’m just going to trust my faith and abilities and work to make sure I was ready for this point.’ You do, and you come up and you hit your roll and all

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