I WAS ON TOP OF THE WORLD!!
20 mph head winds, sub zero, an extra two hours of climbing ... but
WE DID IT!!
With YOUR support, not only did I accomplish the monumental feat
completing the longest endurance climb in the 48, but I also raised
over $4,200 for the ALAW.
American Lung Association® of Washington
raises money to fight lung cancer and asthma, educate youth
about smoking, reduce smog and support their myriad other programs.
We need clean air so that we can enjoy incredible vistas and breathe
Kenmore Report Story
WOW!! Talk about community support. Please read
the feature story in the April 21st, Kenmore Report.
Thanks to many friends and Access developers, I was able to borrow a
lot of my gear. A big thank you goes to the businesses that loaned
us gear, donated items and even helped tailor or modify clothing.
All donations are tax deductible. You may send monetary and in-kind
Meet Your Climber
friend invited me to join this climb, but I nearly let a recent injury
dissuade me. But,
those who know me, realize that I'm not one to sit quietly on the
side lines ...
So, as I overcome
some of the extra challenges associated with having a ruptured disc,
I will be sharing some of my personal triumphs with you. After all,
isn't that what life is all about ... turning obstacles into
challenges and enjoying the opportunities and lessons that they
I'm sure that, on occasion, we all want to sit back and wait for
someone else to carry the load. But then, we might have this
niggling feeling that we really aren't doing our part. Well, this time you can have it both ways!!
I will carry the load... but
only if I have YOUR SUPPORT!!! So yes, it will be me carrying 50
pounds up the mountain, but it will be YOU that makes it possible!
Your donation (via my link) is what will get me to the top of Mt
Please, send me on my way!!!
It's a Team Effort
When I feel particularly challenged along this journey, my brother
will continue to be my inspiration.
On a daily basis, he demonstrates how much a person can accomplish when
they choose to make a difference. Due to an injury,
has been a quadriplegic for 20 years. But he does not give up and is
dedicated to helping others and to finding a cure for spinal cord
with the research of Spinal Cord Society, we believe that he will
walk again! With an example like Kirk, I know that I will make it to
the summit! (And, I did!)
I couldn't have done it without the support of my friends, the
Access Developers community, several business and my fellow
Many times along the trail, it was knowing that YOU believed that I
could do it that kept me going! My climb journal was one way that I
hoped you would feel as though you were there with me ... so that
you would know how much your support and encouragement really meant!
Please check back often
to share in the challenges of training, the beautiful
views from our training hikes and above all, the amazing accomplishment of
climbing to the summit of Mt. Rainier!!!
Now *that* will be a breath-taking view ... literally :-)