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July 9, 2019

Mt. Hood 2019 on the summit (11,239 ft)

Mt. Hood team SUMMITS!

Oregon’s Mt. Hood is a mountain close to our hearts and important to our Climb to Fight Cancer program. Each June, our teams on Mt. Hood gather to kick off the Climb to Fight Cancer season and honor friends, colleagues, family members and anyone afflicted with cancer. This year’s group included participants and guides closely touched by this disease. All proceeds benefit research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Marybeth Dingledy, a BRCA 2 gene carrier and breast cancer survivor, assembled a team to climb the mountain’s flanks and Mike Leum, with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s office, also assembled a team. Climber Adam Fain returned with colleagues, along with Committee members, first time climbers and seasoned mountaineers. Many of these dedicated individuals and their amazing teammates have come back to Mt. Hood over many years to continue to raise funds for life-saving research at Fred Hutch.


Climbers John Rodarte and Mike Leum of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office,

This year’s team enjoyed pristine weather and outstanding snow conditions. Climbers successfully participated in “snow school” expertly lead by Timberline Mountain Guides. They learned the footwork, rope work, and team work needed to safely and successfully ascend the mountain before summit day.


Mt. Hood Hogsback. Photo courtesy of John Rodarte.

The team departed from historic Silcox Hut (7,000 ft) under moonlight and their head lamps. They climbed through the darkness and witnessed dawn’s first light at the Mt. Hood Hogsback (10,500 ft).  This is a comfortable area to rest before the last ascent. The skies are pink with anticipation of the coming sunrise. It’s a time to dig deep, reflect on those we are climbing for, and gather the strength needed for the final climb.


Climber Betsy Cadwallader on the summit!

Timberline Mountain Guides lead guide Cliff Agocs lead the team up the final ascent and into the sunlight. Team members celebrated, took photos, and gathered as a team. They carry prayer flags to honor the reasons they climb.


Longtime climber and supporter Adam Fain feeling good on the mountain.

Thank you to each team member for raising thousands of dollars to fund pioneering, cutting-edge research at Fred Hutch. Thank you to each donor, survivor, family member and company supporting these efforts. Climbers train, fundraise and plan for months before participating in these expeditions. This team travelled from as far as North Carolina to join together for the goal of funding a cure. Thank you all.

For more photos of this beautiful climb, please visit our SmugMug gallery


Climber John Prillaman on the summit!


John Rodarte and Mike Leum on the final ascent.


One Comment leave one →
  1. Lynn Lippert permalink
    July 11, 2019 3:34 pm

    Congratulations Hutch team on your successful summit and great sunrise views. Wish I was with you in person, but was with you in spirit.!
    Lynn Lippert

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