In a film by Brian Mockenhaupt, veteran Josh Brandon describes the peace he and fellow soldiers find in wild places. ©From the video “Full Ruck,” Brian Mockenhaupt

From the moment I read John Muir’s sentiment about going to the mountains—that “thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, overcivilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…”―I have tried to do just that at least once a year. Although I’m not a climber by any means, simply getting this flatlander in the vicinity of snowcapped peaks, even if it is only to look at them from below, is restoring to my spirit.

Veterans of recent wars are also finding peace in the wilderness after their military tours of duty. The video below contains an inspirational story about the healing power of wild, remote places. Company commander Josh Brandon and some of his lieutenants taught themselves to climb and found the activity to be better than any kind of medication or therapy they had previously tried. Since then, the mountains have become Josh’s home. He now runs the Sierra Club’s Military Outdoors program.

I hope you find the mountains—and this video—just as inspirational.

Here’s to finding your true places and natural habitats,