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Philanthropists Rock Denali & Shasta

July 16, 2012

The 2012 Mt. Shasta team. Photo courtesy of Colin Stapp.

The Climb to Fight Breast Cancer, benefitting Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, just had its biggest summit day ever.

High Fives to the NINETEEN climbers on the Mt. Shasta team who stood on top of her 14,179 ft pedestal on July 1. One hundred percent of the team summited.  It’s a fitting marker for this 15th anniversary of the edgiest charity endurance event around.

Fist Bumps to Denali team member Kristen Burrows, just 20 years of age, for standing on the roof of North America on the same afternoon. Denali (Mt. McKinley 20,320 ft) is one of the coveted Seven Summits, the tallest peaks on each continent. Kristen has completed three of the seven. Denali follows her summits of Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) and Mt. Elbrus (Russia).

Mt. Shasta was added to the roster three years ago. The experimental Memorial Day Weekend climb was weathered out by dramatic blizzards two springs in a row, so the expedition shifted to the end of June.  There are members of this team who attempted the peak each year.  At times, mountaineering commands tremendous patience, and it paid off with the spectacular views and snow conditions the team plunged into this time around.

2012 also marks year three of Climb’s Denali expedition. Teams spend three weeks on some of the most scenic slopes in the Alaskan amphitheater, while acclimating to the thin air and demanding weather. Our Denali groups have been made up of first-class mountaineers with hearts for philanthropy.

This year’s Denali team worked in tandem to overcome immense obstacles. They continue to take our collective breath away.

People who want to climb can always find paths to a summit. Those who choose to climb mountains to further early stage ideas that push the boundaries of science, rock the world.

Thank you for plowing past boundaries, embracing exhaustion, accelerating your footsteps, and changing the odds for the 1 in 8 American women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes.

Denali (Mt. McKinley) at 20,320 ft. is guided by Alpine Ascents International.  Alpine Ascents also guides Climb to Fight Breast Cancer expeditions on Mts. Rainier, Baker, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Olympus, Everest Base Camp Trek and the Volcanoes of Mexico.

Mt. Shasta at 14,179 ft. is guided by Shasta Mountain Guides

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