Christopher Walsh was a Navy Avionics Technician from 2007 to 2010, repairing electronic attack equipment on EA-6b Prowlers at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. In 2010 and 2011 he volunteered for Detainee Operations in Afghanistan and, upon returning, was diagnosed with PTSD and processed into the Navy Reserves as a Boatswain’s Mate. He was in a Maritime Security Squadron from 2011 to 2014, where he worked communications and security.

Christopher and his wife live in Index, WA, with their two dogs. They own a tattoo and art studio where she’s an artist. When he left the Navy he took a NOLS Outdoor Educator Semester, worked for Outward Bound, and is now training toward his guiding certifications. Most recently, he has been instructing snowboarding at Stevens Pass and taking courses with American Alpine Institute. Christopher loves to climb, bike, boat, and most of all, snowboard.

Through the WarriorStrong experience, Christopher hopes to share his experiences with other veterans in an expedition setting. The last few years have been challenging. A time of homelessness, worsening disabilities, and a miserably failed attempt at a transition to civilian life have left him feeling unable to overcome challenges and unsupported. He is using this expedition as a motivation to go back outside, put the pack on and put one foot in front of the other again.