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Climb a Mountain. Save a Life.

August 21, 2016

Tiffany Locker carries the prayer flag of survivor Lynn Lippert to the summit of Mt. Shasta, with our Climb to Fight Cancer team. 

Mt. Baker Sunset Summits!

August 4, 2016

Seventy two hours out from summit day…

This is my sixth climb for the Climb to Fight Cancer in nine years. My first climb was Mt. Rainier in 2007. I climb for my sister-in-law, Verna, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. I had no thought going forward after the Rainier climb, but before it was over I was hooked.

I have been joined by over a dozen friends in this endeavor over the years, but this year was special in that my nephew, Andrew, joined me for his third Fred Hutch climb and my friend Marcus’s son, Skylar Fenton, joined me too. Two twenty-something guys on board trying to make the world a little gentler place.

I was honored to climb with some strong women, Heather and Kate, who are all in with Fred Hutch and have been climbing a mountain every year for cancer research.  Also we may have converted two Alpine Ascents clients, Bill and Katherine, to join us moving forward. Our Fred Hutch team was rounded out by Chris, who shared some private and beautiful life moments with me. It seems we all have lost at least one person close to us to cancer. This is why I climb, this is why WE climb for Fred Hutch.  Kevin, from Salt Lake City like me, rounded out the client side of the team. Make no mistake, when we strapped on the crampons we were ONE team, climbing to fight.IMG_9553

Many thanks to the awesome guide team that Alpine Ascents International put together – Jangbu Sherpa, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa and Patrick Chu. I was most excited that we had Pasang Lhamu Sherpa with us, one badass woman climber who just summited K2. I was fortunate that on summit day I was at the end of our rope team and had Pasang right behind me, leading her rope team, singing Nepalese songs as we made our way up Mt. Baker. It was beyond magical.

Mt. Baker is a must do for those of you yet to climb her. It is the real deal: steep, snow, ice and lots of glacier travel. The crevasses and seracs are wonderful…our “sunset summit” was perfect…I can’t wait for 2018 and I hope to be joined by this crew again. What an amazing group of humans…my life was truly enriched.

~ By Michael Heathfield. Michael lives in Salt Lake City with his beautiful wife, Lora, and son, Hunter. Hunter joined Michael on his Mt. Hood Climb to Fight Cancer. Michael is a tremendous ambassador for Fred Hutch and makes the world a brighter place every day.  He captains his climbing team every two years, aptly named, Team Namaste.  Team Namaste has climbed Mts. Rainier, Hood (twice), Denali, Shasta and Baker for cancer research. Namaste to you, Michael. 


Photos courtesy of Kate Roll.


Climbing through wind, rain and fog to honor cancer patients on Mt. Shuksan

August 3, 2016


MOUNT SHUKSAN, Wash — Facing treatment for cancer can seem like trying to climb a mountain.

This analogy is one reason people choose to join the Climb to Fight Cancer: to raise money for research, honor those fighting it now, or remember those lost.

KOMO’s Denise Whitaker first joined the Climb to Fight Cancer in 2005 and just made her 11th climb for the Fred Hutchinson Center Research Center and its Climb to Fight Cancer.

The North Cascades can provide some interesting weather and the Shuksan team experienced much of it, with rain, thunder, fog, wind and even sunshine during the course of the three-day climb.IMG_9114IMG_9118

The team of three women, three men and four guides from Alpine Ascents, shared their time together on the mountain, thinking about how cancer’s touched their lives, while raising more than $18,000 for cancer research at the Hutchinson Center. Denise Whitaker’s had a number of women in her family survive breast cancer, together with many friends, among them Lynn Lippert.

Check this out; KOMO 4’s Kelly Koopmans says she’s ready to join the fight and take on this challenge next year!

Right now you can be a part of the cure, by making a donation. ~ story courtesy of KOMO 4 news by Denise Whitaker.IMG_9119

Denise is a journalist, adventure seeker, mountain climber, motorcycle rider and a creative cook.  

Team Namaste ~ Mt. Baker

July 27, 2016


Camp with us – we have the best views

July 22, 2016


GOOD LUCK to our Mt. Shuksan team! They are making their way up the mountain right now.

July 17, 2016


GOOD LUCK to the INSIGHT GLOBAL team climbing Mt. Rainier!

July 17, 2016