The Climb 4 Kidney Cancer Team eyes the tallest peak in the pacific Northwest, the incomparable Mount Rainier, September 2017. We will be climbing for patients affected by kidney cancer. Their stories will appear in the coming weeks. However, we are still looking to highlight more patients stories, please submit yours at patient stories
Mount Rainier rises 14,410 feet above the Puget Sound near Seattle, Washington and if the sky is clear, you can see this volcano rise in all its splendor right from sea level. It is one of the most prominent peaks in the world and the #1 most prominent peak in the continental United States. It is the 4th highest state highpoint in the US and has long served as a training ground for US climbers preparing for Mt. Everest and other Himaylan peaks.
September is a tricky time to climb Mt. Rainier because the summer and early fall heat melts the glaciers and they open up crevices that can easily swallow a whole house, not to mention a climber. So our goal is to be safe and hope that we can make it to the summit.
Because Mount Rainier is so isolated and we will start near Paradise at ~5000 feet, we will have to climb just over 9000 feet over 2-3 days. That means for all 5 of our team members to summit we will collectively climb and descend nearly 100,000 feet. Our legs will be tired! 100,000 is a big number but for some perspective on that number and Kidney Cancer: that many people will be diagnosed with Kidney Cancer between now, Sept 1, and December 1st! That means 400,000 lives are forever changed per year by kidney cancer, which translates into 1096 people per day! We all know those who are diagnosed with kidney cancer are not the only ones affected either. Because those 400,000 people are sisters, mothers, daughters, aunts or sons, fathers, uncles, grandparents and friends. In the totality, far, far more people are touched by this cancer each year. Kidney cancer affects so many in so many personal ways and we plan to tell the stories of some of those patients as we attempt to climb and descend those 100,000 feet together.