Trio Take On Mount Whitney To Raise Funds For Vets

LANL scientist Pawel Listwan


ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico trio including Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Pawel Listwan and Albuquerque attorneys Matt Vance and Paul Haidle will take part in the 2015 Feat for Justice, where they complete a 72-mile trek, with 30,000 feet of elevation change in 72 hours.

The program will raise money to provide free legal help to New Mexico veterans through the New Mexico Legal Aid’s Veterans Justice Project and the State Bar of New Mexico’s Veterans Civil Legal Clinic.

Mt. Whitney. Courtesy NPS

“Our veterans have sacrificed a lot for our nation, so it’s the least we can do – sacrifice three days to help our veterans,” Vance said. “So many veterans are challenged by foreclosure, custody issues, predatory lending schemes and other legal issues and can’t afford to hire an attorney. With our support, the New Mexico Legal Aid’s Veterans Justice Project and the Veterans Civil Legal Clinic will provide free legal aid.”

The trio will begin the trek Aug. 29, braving the High Sierras trail from Crescent Meadow to the peak of Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous United States at 14,505 feet. The hike, which is typically estimated as a 6–9 day hike, will be completed by Listwan, Haidle and  Vance in 72 hours.

They will travel 72 miles in 72 hours (30.5 miles from Crescent Meadow to Moraine Lake on day one, 25.1 miles from Moraine Lake to Guitar Lake on day two, and from Guitar Lake to the summit of Mount Whitney and descend Mount Whitney to Whitney Portal Trailhead on day three).

“This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for their service, and we look forward to raising a substantial amount of money with this year’s Feat for Justice,” Vance said. “Getting legal aid helps our veterans build a better future for themselves and their families and ensures that they get the egal services they deserve.”

For more information and to donate, visit, or to make a donation to the Veterans Justice Project, visit

To track progress of the trek as it happens, visit

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