Wally Wininger grew up in Eastern Tennessee and entered the United States Military Academy (USMA) in July 1975. After graduation, he faithfully served the Army wherever called over the course of a 30 year active duty military career. As an infantry officer, he had the privilege of leading and commanding soldiers at all levels from platoon through brigade. He has served in various capacities on company, battalion, brigade, division, Department of the Army, and combatant command assignments. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the USMA as well as a Masters Degree from Central Michigan University and the Army War College. In 2009 he retired from active duty, currently works at Fort Carson, and with his wife, Robin, now calls Colorado Springs home where they remain active both on the post and in the community.
During his military career Wally received extensive mountaineering and survival training to include Ranger School; the Northern Warfare Training Course (summer) in Alaska; Camp Ripley, MN; Fort Drum, NY; and Battalion Combat Team Training (winter) in Alaska. Over the course of his military career Wally took advantage of moving frequently and was able to climb mountains, hike numerous trails to include parts of the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail, and enjoy the outdoors in California, New York, Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, the Republic of Korea, and Spain.
An Army assignment in 2003 brought Wally to Fort Carson where he was introduced to the Pikes Peak AdAmAn Club. He participated in all New Year’s climbs as a guest with the exception of one. As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoys trail running, hiking, hunting, mountain climbing, camping, and exploring Colorado.
Since his arrival in 2003 Wally has spent a great amount of time on and around Pikes Peak, participating in the annual Ascent running events and exploring various trails on the mountain. After his retirement from active duty he began exploring parts of the rest of the Colorado backcountry, and has climbed approximately a third of Colorado’s recognized fourteeners as well as hiked almost all of the Colorado Trail and much of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail in Colorado.
Looking to the future, he plans to continue climbing Colorado’s high mountains, finishing Colorado’s two long trails, and enjoying the state which is one of the most beautiful in the nation.