Breast Cancer Fund's Climb Up Mount Shasta SF


From the issue Marin Menagerie

We've all heard that life is about the journey, not the destination. But sometimes the journey and the destination work beautifully together to help you reach new heights. Climb Against the Odds is your chance to climb one of the tallest mountains in the United States: Northern California's Mount Shasta (14,179 feet). The Breast Cancer Fund's annual mountaineering expedition is designed for women and men of all abilities and supports the organization's groundbreaking initiatives to eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer. The 2012 Climb Against the Odds expedition starts with a 6-month journey to learn the nuances of mountain climbing with the support of your team and an expert training leader. The 3-day climb is an adventure of a lifetime. Starting from the trailhead at 7,000 feet, you and 39 new best friends will travel with professional guides, climbing above the tree line to base camp (9,400 feet), a spectacular moonscape setting. Refill your bottle with water from a glacier that's actually expanding (!), and enjoy meals prepared by your guides. Get an early start on summit day to reach the 14,179-foot peak or your own personal summit. Take a moment to fly a prayer flag in honor or memory of loved ones touched by breast cancer. Conditions permitting, you'll have the unique opportunity to glissade down the mountain back to base camp. Cap things off with a pancake breakfast followed by a rousing welcome from friends, family, Breast Cancer Fund staff, and the Mount Shasta community. Ready to take the first step? Join Climb Against the Odds now to begin your journey!

Climb Against the Odds is June 17–23, 2012.