At HOPE, we are continuously inspired by the commitment of our supporters. One of the most inspiring individuals is Matt Dawson, who is currently in the middle of Project Seven for Soldiers, an attempt to set seven world records in multiple extreme activities to raise money and awareness for HOPE and the Gary Sinise Foundation.​

Last year, Dawson kicked off his journey with the first portion of the Explorers Grand Slam, which consists of climbing 7 of the highest peaks of the 7 continents, known as the Seven Summits, as well as trekking the North and South Poles. Through heavy snow, gusting winds, and rough terrain, Dawson completed his climbs for Mt. Everest, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Elbrus, Denali, Mt. Vinson, Mt. Aconcagua, and Mt. Kosciuszko. ​

Phase two saw him setting off to cross the Mojave Desert, including the treacherous Death Valley. Dawson battled temperatures reaching 134 degrees, sandstorms, and even injuries as he walked 213 miles from Beatty, Nevada, to Victorville, California. This voyage was the first solo and unsupported crossing of the Mojave Desert based off available records.​​

Earlier this year, Dawson completed the next phase of his trek, crossing the Northern Atlantic Ocean from El Hierro (Canary Islands) to Guadeloupe Island (French West Indies) in a rowboat. ​

What’s next for Dawson? Finishing out the Explorers Grand Slam with Carstenz Pyramid in Indonesia, then completing a global circumnavigation flight. To keep up with his progress visit