Hi Everyone, Julie and Shawn here with an update on our 2022 Climb for a Cure. We have completed our climb this past weekend and it was spectacular.
This 2nd Annual Climb for a Cure 100% benefits our nonprofit Girl Power 2 Cure & Rett University. As a reminder, Julie and I got involved with this cause a number of years ago as Eva, the oldest daughter of one of our friends, was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome.
Last year, we ventured to Nepal to climb peaks in the Himalaya and raised over $18,000! This year, we chose an alpine technical rock climb in the California Sierra. Our original target was Mount Whitney, but weather (snowing!) dictated otherwise and we went to our alternate, Mount Conness. Mount Conness is on the boundary of Yosemite National Park and is a beautiful and wild mountain with glaciers, lakes, and tons of tasty alpine granite.
Instead of a more straightforward alpine rock climb on Mount Whitney, we chose to gain the summit of Mount Conness via the North Ridge route. This promises a full day of exciting climbing on knife-edge ridge sections, hours of fun scrambling, and hundreds of feet of technical rock climbing. The route is long and you need to move fast, so almost all of it is unroped which means you must maintain your focus for hours on end.
We were blessed with an incredible Eastern Sierra day of perfect weather. In fact, we used every last minute of daylight to get down the most tricky sections before night fell and we finished well into the evening. All in all, it was a 15 hour day, 10 miles traveled, 3,500’ of elevation gained, and more than 3,000 calories burned. Mount Conness lived up to expectations as a stunning climb and a wonderful suffer-fest 😉 on some very challenging Sierra terrain.
We’ve made a short video to illustrate our day:
We thank you for your support & donations. If you have not donated, but would like to, you still can on our Climb for a Cure page.
Julie and Shawn