“If not for you, our son who refuses to play any kind of sport, would not be able to ski, mountain bike or kayak.  It is very difficult to get him out of his comfort zone and you have taken him where we never thought possible.” – Parents of a teenager with autism

“I was pleasantly surprised to find out so much about both my machine myself and trail riding. I feel like I can be a safer more efficient writer [rider] in the future. My confidence level has boosted way beyond where I would’ve been figuring this stuff out on my own.” – Participant of the 2022 Novice Mountain Bike Camp

“Overall best experience I’ve has since my injury 4 years ago!” – Participant of the 2022 Novice Mountain Bike Camp

“…feeling the air in my face on the chair lift, feeling the speed and the cold in my body, revived me…made me feel NORMAL for a while.”  – A student with Guillian Barre Syndrome

“We had such an amazing time and I really want to express how amazing Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra has been for our son in so many respects. His independence has gotten better and better every year and this year it was through the roof. This was the first year he was going over to DSES on his own, getting on his boots and other equipment. At the end of the day he was able to go in on his own, put all his stuff away and then come over to the hotel. Trust me this is huge for him! And, of course, DSES has not only helped to make him a great and very safe skier, but you have helped to instill a genuine love for it, which has been so nice for my wife and me to be able to share this with him and have such special vacations and memories. THANK YOU GUYS!!!” – Parent

“They’ve been through a lot and this kind of program is important for them. The camp is just terrific and they deserve it.” – Sgt. Maj. “Iron Mike” Mervosh, USMC (ret.), WWII/Korea/Vietnam combat veteran       

Sean and Anna O’Leary stressed how much the camp has meant to them personally. “It’s done a lot for our family, brought us closer together.” – Sean and Anna O’Leary, 2014 Operation High Altitude participants

“It’s been a while since I’ve been in a sport where you’re 100 percent in the moment. There was a great peace to it. I don’t know what I did to deserve this, but it was just awesome.” – Theophilus Tor, 2014 Operation Mountain Freedom participant

“The work they do for our wounded, ill and injured Marines is amazing, and gives recovering Marines and sailors self-esteem and self-confidence like few things I have seen.” – Col. Willard A. Buhl, USMC

You can’t put a price tag on an opportunity to come to a place as soothing as Mammoth for these Wounded Warriors – to feel like they’re not alone, that they’re not forgotten. It’s a chance to fundamentally save or change a person for the rest of their life.” – Larry D. Nicholson, Commanding General, 1st Marine Division

“I felt some peace of mind here within myself, which I haven’t had in more than five years since returning from Iraq.” – Jordan, 2013 Operation Mountain Freedom participant