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Two Teams Summit Mt. Baker!

September 6, 2019

Baker 1, Team Olympus Construction, celebrates on the summit. Photo courtesy of Ryan Dahle.

Mt. Baker is one of those mountains you remember. It’s perched on the edge of what we call the pacific “rim of fire,” encompassing our west coast volcanoes. Mt. Baker rises up above the North Cascades, the Picket Range and the San Juan Islands. On a clear day, summit views include Washington, the Pacific Ocean and Canada. Many climbers seeing Mt. Baker for the first time come back time and again. Mountain climbing, a metaphor for recovering from illness, is one step at a time, one day at a time, one hour at a time.

The hike to Mt. Baker’s base camp on the Easton Glacier winds through meadows, wildflowers and creeks, before finally ascending the railroad grade, which is a rocky trail leading to Sandy Camp.  The names that describe Mt. Baker’s features are inviting. You will climb alongside the steamy volcano crater before ascending the mountain’s Roman Wall. Once cresting this feature, a football sized flat top is crossed to the true summit at 10,781 feet.

Team Olympus Construction (Baker 1) traveled from their homes in Arizona, having raised thousands of dollars for life-saving research at Fred Hutch.


Climbers rest & practice snow skills. Photo courtesy of Ryan Dahle.

All members of this team are beyond impressive, in their dedication, training and commitment to saving lives.


Baker 2, Team Insight Global, on the summit. Photo courtesy of David Kendall.

Team Insight Global (Baker 2) included brand new climbers and climbers who summited Mt. Rainier with their Insight Global team two years ago. This amazing company chooses a new mountain annually to scale while continuing to raise money for pioneering researchers at Fred Hutch. Traveling from up and down the west coast, they arrived at their gear check at Alpine Ascents International, ready for their full mountaineering experience, having raised money in their communities and networks to save lives.

Corporate partnerships like these with Olympus Construction Management and Insight Global fuel private support at Fred Hutch.

For more than 40 years, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has been redefining what’s possible in cancer research. The Hutch’s work has already led to cures for some cancers. Our pioneering research in bone marrow transplantation to treat blood cancers was the first proof of concept for immunotherapy — a groundbreaking approach that harnesses the immune system to fight disease. Now we’re accelerating progress toward a future where cures are available for every patient.

“Our mantra is Cures Start Here. We’re not looking to simply treat cancer — we’re looking to cure cancer.” — Dr. Gary Gilliland, president and director

One Comment leave one →
  1. Marcia Zeimes permalink
    September 18, 2019 7:31 pm

    Congratulations on another success. You all are amazing.

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