June 15,2016

A Higher Purpose: KC Veteran Opens Rock Climbing Gym with a Mission

When Andrew Potter left the Army in 2014 he began a journey to take his passion for rock climbing and adventure and build a state-of-the-art rock climbing gym. That several-year journey became RoKC, which opened in April as a a community space serving a higher purpose.

In collaboration with the non-profit Warriors’ Ascent, Potter uses RoKC to help fellow veterans and first responders learn techniques to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Photographer Chase Castor captured Warriors’ Ascent Class 003 in 2013. His photos on Flatland, KCPT’s digital magazine, follow veterans and first responders throughout the academy.