Andy Wirth has lots of experience as a back country ranger, including as a ranger in mortal trouble, with his arm laying beside him. His ranger training took over and he kept himself from bleeding out after severing his arm in a freak skydiving accident.

He remembers concentrating on Pearl Jam’s song, ‘Just Breathe’, as he used his good arm to pinch a gushing artery exposed from the other. Major surgery was required for him to save his arm, and the recovery period following was completely life changing for Wirth.

Part of his long-term physical and psychological therapy was becoming acquainted and then fast friends with the U.S. Navy SEALs team. The Navy SEALs are the top special forces warriors in the world. They are all people who are intimately familiar with many types of danger and trauma. Learn more about Andy Wirth: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfSquawValley/posts/10152191670133708

Wirth’s later recovery regime involved joining with a couple of his SEAL friends to train for the Ironman Triathlon. This work was most important to his full recovery and his team competing in the 2015 IRONMAN competition, which is held at Lake Tahoe, California. His team is called the “Special Warfare Warrior.” Wirth’s goal is to raise funds for the Navy SEAL Foundation, an organization that assists the whole families of Naval Special Warfare, including the SEALs themselves.

Andy Wirth is the CEO of the Squaw Valley Ski Resort, nearby Lake Tahoe. He ha had to step up as a strong leader to keep the resort respectable, in spite of a couple of bad years where it did not snow nearly enough.

He has also dealt expertly with a random attempt to incorporate the North Lake area of Lake Tahoe, which would have hurt many businesses and also reduced much needed services to elderly citizens in that area. Wirth has taken a stand against making major changes and increasing rampant development of the area. Learn more about Andy Wirth: https://www.crowdrise.com/wwsupport

Find out more about the incorporation issue in the Reno-Gazette Journal article, read about Andy Wirth being Appointed Chairman, and how Andy Wirth found a workable solution.

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Just Breathe: Andy Wirth on the Upswing in Tahoe
Andy Wirth — KCRW