After training in Arizona, team ready for daring global parachute expedition
PHOENIX — Members of an expedition aiming to complete seven parachute jumps on seven continents in seven days next month trained for their daring adventure in Arizona.
The Triple 7 expedition has a goal of raising $7 million for Folds of Honor, a nonprofit group that provides scholarships to families of fallen or disabled military members and first responders. If the goal is reached, the project will fund 1,400 scholarships.
“If we really break it down … if we just think about a million people giving $7, we’ll reach our goal,” Fred Williams said earlier this month when several team members sat down with KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show.
Williams, a former Navy Seal and CEO of Complete Parachute Solutions in Coolidge, Arizona, is leading the jump team.
Legacy Expeditions, the veteran-owned company behind Triple 7, held multiple training camps at Williams’ Pinal County facility this year, totaling nearly 800 jumps.
The team members plan to convene in at Union Glacier Camp in Antarctica and wait for a weather break in the first week of January to perform the first jump of the mission.
The expedition then plans to move through Punta Arenas in Chile, Cape Town in South Africa, Perth in Australia, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and Barcelona in Spain before completing the mission in Tampa, Florida.
Dan Myrick, who co-wrote and co-directed “The Blair Witch Project,” is leading the documentary crew filming Triple 7.
“They’re real people with real stories, and I really want to bring it out in the film,” Myrick said.
Alex Kunz, co-founder of nutritional supplement company Frog Fuel, is part of the expedition’s medical/wellness support team.
“I’m very passionate about things like this because we’re in a room of individuals that are successful in transition, and now I feel it’s like an obligation or responsibility of ours to help others be successful as well,” Kunz said.