The Hutchinson Center’s Climb to Fight Breast Cancer kicked off an exciting climb season with teams scaling Mount Shasta, May 27-29, and Mount Hood, June 11-12.
In the first expedition tailored for cancer survivors, Kristin Peterson, Nikki Milonas and Lynn Lippert made the 11,237-foot summit of Mount Hood. Wearing matching pink jackets and carrying pink ice axes, the three stood above the clouds and watched the sun rise over sweeping views of the Cascades.
Lippert, 68, a two-time survivor of breast cancer who is currently receiving treatment for bone cancer, said she cried at the summit because she was so happy to be back climbing. See the story as reported by KOMO’s Denise Whitaker, who has participated in the Climb since 2005.
Since it was established 14 years ago, the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer has raised more than $6 million for the Center’s breast cancer research.
Climb to Fight Breast Cancer treks include training in mountaineering skills by professional guides. The Climb to Fight Breast Cancer peaks are:
Several of those climbs are still open to participants; in addition, registration has begun for next year’s climbs. Climb organizers encourage any faculty and staff members who may be interested in climbing to visit the Climb website for more information.
Look for future Center News dispatches from Climb teams throughout the summer.