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Climb dispatch: Three-time participant conquers Denali

Charlotte, NC resident summits Alaska peak in the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer; teams also scale Mount Rainier and Mount Olympus

July 25, 2011
Mohammed Idlibi

After poor weather conditions forced his original Climb to Fight Breast Cancer team to turn back, three-time participant Mohammed Idlibi joined a second team and reached the summit of Alaska’s Denali.

Photo courtesy of Mohammed Idlibi

A banner season for the Hutchinson Center’s Climb to Fight Breast Cancer continued in July with a three-time participant summiting Alaska’s Denali, two teams enjoying the view from the top of Mount Rainier and one scaling Mount Olympus.

Mohammed Idlibi, a Charlotte, North Carolina, resident who previously climbed Mount Baker and Mount Elbrus for the Hutchinson Center, reached the top of Alaska’s Denali, but it took extra perseverance. After poor weather conditions forced his original Climb to Fight Breast Cancer team to turn back, Idlibi joined a second team, which reached the top of the 20,320-foot peak. Both teams were guided by Alpine Ascents.

Two teams conquered Mount Rainier, summiting on July 10 and 17. In addition, an inaugural Climb team scaled and summitted Mount Olympus, the highest peak in the Olympic range. Read more about it in this story from the Peninsula Daily News. 

Climb to Fight Breast Cancer treks include training in mountaineering skills by professional guides. The Climb to Fight Breast Cancer peaks are:

  • Mount Adams
  • Mount Baker
  • Denali
  • Mount Elbrus in Russia
  • Mount Hood
  • Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
  • Mount Olympus
  • Mount Rainier
  • Mount Shasta
  • The Volcanoes of Mexico

Want to join a climb team?

Several of the 2011 climbs are still open to participants, and registration has begun for next year’s climbs. Climb organizers encourage any faculty and staff members who may be interested in climbing to email or visit for more information.
The Climb to Fight Breast Cancer has raised more than $5.5 million for the Center’s breast cancer research.


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