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Climb to Fight Breast Cancer offers challenging new peaks

SEATTLE — Feb. 24, 2010 — Mount Shasta in California and Denali in Alaska are new additions to the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer® benefiting Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The expeditions, offered for the first time in 2010, expand the opportunity for participants of all skill levels to have fun and be challenged in honor of those who have battled breast cancer.
Mount Shasta, located in northern California near the Oregon border, rises
14,179 feet; Alaska’s Denali is a soaring 20,320 feet.

Also offered this year is a trip to central Mexico to ascend Pico de
Orizaba (18,850 feet) and Ixtaccíhuatl (17,343 feet), known together as the "Volcanoes of Mexico." Additional Climb to Fight Breast Cancer peaks are:

  • Mount Adams in Washington (12,276 feet)
  • Mount Baker in Washington (10,781 feet)
  • Mount Elbrus in Russia (18,510 feet)
  • Mount Hood in Oregon (11,237 feet)
  • Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (19,340 feet)
  • Mount Rainier in Washington (14,411 feet)

The "Volcanoes" climb will take place in October; the rest of the expeditions are scheduled for the spring and summer months.

Professional guides from Alpine Ascents International will lead expeditions to Denali, the Mexican volcanoes, Mount Elbrus, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Rainier, and Mount Baker. Shasta Mountain Guides leads the trek up Mount Shasta, and guides from Portland Parks & Recreation will lead teams up Mount Adams and Mount Hood. A full schedule of peaks, climb dates, and routes can be found at Climb to Fight Breast Cancer.

Each climb will have a limited number of team members – generally nine or 10 – as established by the guide services. Each participant commits to a fundraising minimum of $3,000 to $12,500, depending on the mountain.

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer and the second most common cause of cancer death among women in the United States. Scientists at the Hutchinson Center study many aspects of the disease, including preventive measures, risk factors, and early detection. Details can be found at the Breast Cancer webpage.

For more information or to register, visit Climb to Fight Breast Cancer or e-mail

Christi Ball Loso
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
(206) 667-5215


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