This month I'm participating in Climb4Life, which is a fundraiser for ovarian cancer research and awareness.
As some of you may know, my mom is a survivor of ovarian cancer. At 16 she was diagnosed with an advanced stage of the disease. She underwent "guinea pig" surgery followed by 6 months of chemo. Her final day of chemo was in April, around her birthday on the 17th. To regain her strength, she committed herself to weightlifting and nutrition. In 1997, I was born on Mom's birthday.
I am so thankful for God's grace. Today, I am blessed to have such a beautiful and strong mom - inside and out.
September is ovarian cancer awareness month. HERA (Health, Empowerment, Research and Awareness) Women's Cancer Foundation raises money through awesome fundraisers the Climb4Life series to fund cancer research and awareness. Please consider donating to this worthy cause!
More info on the event from HERA:
We're back! And HERA Women's Cancer Foundation is bringing #c4l #slc back in a big way.
Starting with a Fun Kickoff (TBD) at Petzl Headquarters on Friday, September 25th at 7:00pm. Limited tickets available to the public - complimentary admittance for our registrants!
Please join us in our fight to eliminate ovarian cancer the next day when we strike out for the perfect fall day excursion. New this year you can choose from five outdoor clinics or just set out for a day of fun & climbing at the crags with our guides - you decide (descriptions follow below). Space is limited so please sign up early!
Based out of Momentum Climbing Gym - Sandy Location, you can expect to enjoy a light breakfast and yoga before striking out to the crags with expert guides from Mountain Education and Development who have generously donated their time this year! We'll be sure to have some awesome professional climbers there to share their expertise and support as well.
Join us afterwards for a fun after party at the Black Diamond campus with dinner, drinks, and a stacked silent auction. Top fundraisers will win awesome prizes like camping and climbing gear. Expect swag galore.
Whether you are a beginner climber, an experienced mountaineer, a courageous cancer survivor or a person whose life has been affected by cancer – Climb4Life Salt Lake City is for you. Women, men, children and families – all abilities, all ages, and all levels- are welcome!
Registration Fees (early bird through 9/9):
Registration Fees (after 9/10):
Registration fees cover the cost of the day-of fun...we ask your commitment to raise $250 or more in donations to help fund scientific research grants aimed at eliminating ovarian cancer. Don't you worry! We provide you everything you need for success and make it easy peazy to meet and surpass your goal. We even make it FUN.
Your registration and commitment to raise $250 or more includes:
A fabulous 2015 HERA T-Shirt
A Souvenir HERA goodie bag chock full of great items
Yoga + light breakfast
Entrance to the HERA Celebration Dinner at Black Diamond including fabulous food and drinks
Climbing or hiking with professional guides & athletes at your selected level of difficulty
An opportunity to win cool prizes including great outdoor gear, clothing, gift certificates, and more if you’re one of the top five fundraisers (up to $600 retail value), as well as prizes for the top fundraising teams!
Clinics - You choose (you can also choose *not* to do a clinic and to go out climbing with a guide instead).
Traditional Lead Climbing
You’ve seen the gear and wondered how it works? Maybe you think placing traditional protection on lead is intimidating and less secure? This clinic will start with a thorough discussion, demonstration and practice of placing passive (stoppers) and active (cams) traditional rock protection. Once comfortable placing gear on the ground, you’ll expand into the vertical environment. Leading principals, anchors, route setup and cleaning are all discussed and practiced. Participants will lead climb in a mock top rope environment while an instructor ascends a fixed line and provides live feedback on each of your placements.
Multi-Pitch Transitions & Efficiency
You’ve spent a lot of time climbing at single pitch crags. You now want to go higher and further. Or maybe you’ve been stacking pitches but find the transitions from one to the next confusing or frustrating? Stance/rope management, equipment use, and belaying techniques all contribute to our multi-pitch transitions and efficiency. The more efficient, the more enjoyable the experience and the more climbing we can fit in. This clinic focuses on tips and tricks to help take your climbing further with more fun!
Anchors for Climbing
Bomber, solid, trucker….all terms you might hear people say when referring to their climbing anchor. What does it mean? How do you build a solid anchor for climbing? This clinic discusses fundamental points in climbing anchor construction and applies them to different environments. Learn how to build climbing anchors in a fixed (bolts, etc.), natural (trees, rocks, etc.) and traditional (passive, active, etc.) setting.
Base Site Self Rescue
Things don’t always go as planned while out climbing. Resources are limited and what may be a simple scenario could turn stressful very quickly. This clinic discussed self-rescue principals specific to bottom up rock climbing situations (top rope and single pitch lead climbing). Belay transfers, belay escapes and counter ascension/lowering skill sets are taught and practiced. Self-rescue involves the use of common tools and equipment that you might regularly have with you while out at the crag.
Top Site Self Rescue
You’re belaying from the top of a pitch and watch as a rock comes lose and strikes your partner in the shoulder. They’re unable to keep climbing and need to go down. You’re three pitches up. What do you do? This clinic focuses on self-rescue principals specific to top down rock climbing situations (multi-pitch climbing, etc.). Belay escapes, technical descents with an injured climber, rope ascension and hauling considerations are among the skill sets taught and practiced. This clinic will make use of common tools and equipment that you might regularly carry on a longer multi-pitch rock climb.
Tentative Event Schedule:
Friday, September 25
7:00pm - Presented by Petzl, Event Kickoff at Petzl Headquarters
Admission is included in your registration fee. Expect light fare, drinks, and some fun prizes during the showing.
Saturday, September 26
7:00 am – 9:00 am at Momentum Climbing Gym, Sandy Location
Check In & Goodie Bag pickup
Meet your Climbing Group
7:30-8:30 am –
9:00-3:30 pm –
Climbing the surrounding area
4:00 - 7:00
Summit Party at the Black Diamond campus!
Dinner, Giveaways, Silent Auction, Fundraising Prizes
Please feel free to invite your friends and family to the Summit Party – a very limited number of tickets will be available for purchase here (soon!).
Ovarian cancer is often called the “silent killer” because the early symptoms are subtle and difficult to diagnose. If caught early enough, many women survive, but without an early detection test and awareness of the symptoms, another 15,000 women will die from this disease this year. One in 72 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime. Which means the odds are that someone in your life will be affected by this disease. You can help change this story from tragedy to hope by participating in Climb4Life Salt Lake City.
The funds you raise will help HERA Women's Cancer Foundation make grants to Johns Hopkins University researchers and the dream team at Stand Up To Cancer that HERA is collaboratively funding to find a cure and more effective diagnosis of ovarian cancer. It will also help us raise awareness of the sometimes elusive signs and symptoms of this insidious disease.
Please register and commit to raising $250 in honor of all the women and girls in your life.
Please call (262.989.6215) or email Kelly Voss, Executive Director with any questions about registration or the event