Climb For Clean Air: Saving Lungs One Peak at a Time

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 6, 2012 5:35 pm

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Climb For Clean Air raises funds for the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific in a creative way.  The results are a tremendous amount of support for the organization that saves lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Reach The Summit program, a program that takes people with any level of mountain climbing experience and prepares them to take on some of the country’s greatest peaks! 

The group teaches team members mountaineering skills and provides technical support and guide services to get them up and down the mountain safely.

Climbing Mount Hood 2010

What’s the catch?  In order to secure a spot on the team, participants must raise between $3,000 and $4,500, depending on the peak they will climb.  The organization has donated over $4 million to the American Lung Association.

Over 100 people will be make the team and will head for the summit of Mt. Rainier (14,410 ft.), Mt. Hood (11,239 ft.), Mt. Adams (12,276 ft.), or Grand Teton (13,770 ft.) this year. Below is a glimpse into the climb participants made in 2010 at Mount Hood.

Lung disease like asthma, emphysema and lung cancer is the third largest killer in the United States.  The money raised from this team of climbers will go to a foundation that fights the disease through education, community service, advocacy, and research.

Every climber is motivated by something.  Some have lost a loved one to lung disease.  Others simply support the cause and want to climb a mountain.  One woman used it as a way to help her continue to be able to say she quit smoking.  Regardless of the reason behind their climb, they all shared one thing, the support of friends, family, and those looking for a way to help find cures and clean air.

Many team members are still in the fundraising phase, hoping to reach their goal before the scheduled climbs in July and August.  Registration is still open for anyone interested.  There is a fee of $150 for an individual.  You may also create or join a team.

To donate, click here.