Trip Dates: August 2 - 6, 2020
Class III | Hotel & Camping
4 days, 4 nights
$550 for a spot on trip
$2000 fundraising commitment
AdventurHER Travel is excited to partner with Climb for Hope on a women’s mountaineering 101 trip up Washington’s second tallest mountain, Mt. Adams, while fundraising for research to find a cure for breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.
Mt. Adams is the perfect introduction to mountaineering! We’ll be pushing to summit this glaciated dormant volcano on a three day climb, exploring the beautiful Cascades wilderness and learning skills like the proper use of ice axes and crampons, risk management on the mountain, and mountain communication.
We will pass through lower forests dominated by fir, hemlock, and cedar, then through meadows and wetlands on the lower flanks, with vibrant fields of alpine flowers. We may catch glimpses of mountain goat, Roosevelt elk, black-tailed deer, and the Cascade mountain fox. Birds include chickadee, kinglets, thrushes, warblers, sparrows, and finches, and the endemic gray-crowned rosy finch, found well above tree-line. Circling high above will be red-tailed hawks, golden and bald eagles, ospreys, great horned owls, and falcons.
Further up the mountain we’ll experience rougher terrain including high-altitude snow travel where we’ll get to practice our mountaineering skills. From the summit, if it’s a clear day, we will be able to see Rainier, Baker, Glacier Peak, Saint Helens, Hood, Jefferson, the Three Sisters, Thielsen, Scott, Diamond Peak, and McLoughlin.
Partnering with Climb for Hope
By working with Climb for Hope, a 501c(3) non-profit dedicated to fundraising for a cure by bringing people into the mountains, we are able to accomplish the following:
Raising money for researchers searching for a cure for breast cancer and MS. One in 8 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in their lifetimes. Women are 4 times as likely to be affected by MS than men. Many of us are affected by diagnoses in our close communities, or of ourselves. Together, we can help find a cure.
Opening up mountaineering to more women. With the gear, the guides, the permits, and everything else that goes into a mountaineering trip, it’s one of the most notoriously expensive outdoor endeavors — but it can also be one of the most rewarding and life changing. A trip like this would normally cost over $3,000. Working with Climb for Hope, we are able to offer the trip at $550 out of pocket with a fundraising requirement of $2,000.
We’re here to help you every step of the way, from the moment you sign up to the moment we step foot on the mountain and all the way back down again. We’ll provide email templates, best practices, and encouragement for fundraising, and training plans to help you physically prepare for the journey.
Our success is measured not by summitting, but by what we accomplish on our journey. We will find support, community, and meaning in our push. We will find strength, new skills, and determination. Most importantly, we will find fun and the experience of a lifetime.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t address the elephant on the mountain: As with any mountaineering trip, your personal safety is more important than the summit. Because we are dedicated to keeping you safe, there is a possibility that the conditions will not allow for a successful summit in our permit window. This happens in mountaineering and if it happens to us, you will be joining the ranks of seasoned mountaineers who make the smart decision to prioritize their safety over the summit! We have a reasonable expectation of summitting on this trip, but in the event of unsafe conditions, we will still enjoy a weekend hiking in the beautiful Cascades wilderness learning mountaineering skills.
Our fundraising efforts go directly to clinical research for vaccines to reprogram your immune cells to recognize cancer as a foreign enemy and target for destruction and to help MS patients recover function, stop the progression of the disease and disability, and regenerate nerve cells and myelin.
Since 2004, Climb for Hope has raised over $750,000 with the help of climbers. This fundraising has achieved milestones including:
A pilot study that furthered the scientific community’s understanding of ways to “reboot” the immune system and extend periods of remission
Created the first effective therapy in which patients improved on a broad array of functional and neurological measures using functional electrical stimulation therapy, resulting in enhanced neurologic repair and reduced inflammation
Supported research that found OCT measures of nerve fibers in the back of the eye, offering a better way to measure MS progression and allowing doctors to begin treatment earlier
The Start of a journey
This trip marks the beginning of a long partnership with Climb for Hope. Every year, we will add additional trips to more difficult mountains so we can build on our skills, experiences, and the good we’re doing. Mt. Adams is just the beginning. Come stand on the top of the world with us.
Every AdventurHER trip is led by a professional local guide and a Dedicated Adventure Manager (our DAM girls) from AdventurHER.
Activity Level: Class III; No mountaineering skills are required, but previous experience backpacking and camping is highly recommended. You will be expected to train for the climb and be able to carry a 40-50 pound pack for 3 days. Training guides and encouragement provided!
Lodging: Hotel 2 nights & tent camping 2 nights
Reserve your spot now!
Our trips are kept small and personal. Make sure to secure your spot now. $550 will reserve a spot on the adventure, with a $2000 fundraising commitment. We’ll help you along the way by providing tips, templates, best practices, and encouragement!
Day One: August 2
Arrive in Portland, OR by 5 PM. As a group, we will travel from the airport to the Mountain Shop for last-minute gear or boot rentals, and then head to the hotel. We will have a team dinner, with introductions, plenty of time for questions, and a gear check where we’ll divide up communal gear. Early to bed because we’ll be early to rise!
Day Two, August 3
Rising early for a 2.5 hour drive through the beautiful Gifford Pinochot National Forest to the trailhead to begin hiking. Over the next 5 - 6 hours, we will carry our full packs (30 - 45 pounds) to high camp at the “Lunch Counter” (altitude 9,250’). We will set up our tents and spend the afternoon in Snow School, learning and practicing the required mountaineering skills for our summit push the following day, including self-arrest techniques. We’ll have dinner as the sun sets over the Cascades, and hit our tents early again.
Day Three, August 4
With an early alpine start in the pre-dawn hours, we will climb 2-4 hours to the snow and ice slopes from our high camp to the false summit, Piker’s Peak (alt. 11,657’) before continuing on to the true summit at 12,276’. We’ll take in the incredible 360 degree views and, of course, a few summit selfies.
Conditions permitting, the return to camp may include the fun and exciting opportunity to glissade! This is a controlled slide on your feet or your backside, and is a fun alternative way to descend the mountain. The decent from the summit to high camp should take us a fraction of the time it took us to ascend.
Day Four, August 5
From high camp, we’ll take a leisurely 4-hour hike down. Before returning to Portland, we will enjoy a celebratory team meal. You may fly home that night on a red-eye flight or spend the night in Portland (hotel stay included in cost) to fly out on the 6th.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
Hotel lodging 8/2 and 8/5
Guided mountaineering trip 8/3 - 8/5
Technical equipment: tent, cooking gear, fuel
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and energy bars on the mountain
Transportation from arrival at the airport on 8/2 through returning to Portland on 8/5
Training guides and support
Fundraising guides, templates, best practices, and support
Full support from your Designated Adventure Manager (DAM Girl) before, during, & after the trip
Local certified guides
Many of these items can be rented! We will be swinging through Mountain Shop, where much of the gear is available to rent and more is available for purchase. Rentals are also often available at your own local shops or from ArriveOutdoors.com. Talk to your DAM Girl about gear options!
Synthetic base layer (long underwear)
Mid layer (top and bottom) - Fleece, wool, or synthetic down jacket, and synthetic sweat pants or heavy-weight warming layer
Outer layer (waterproof) - Hiking pants and Goretex Jacket
Socks (3 pair) - Wool or synthetic
Hat / beanie (wool or synthetic; optional: thin one for day, and thick one for night)*
Balaclava (a.k.a. “face gaiter,”) - Used for very windy/cold days/nights
Gloves (two pair) - One thin pair for daytime hiking, and a thicker pair for night
Optional Overmits (for heavy winter weather)
Sun hat or baseball cap*
Waterproof winter hiking boots -- You do not need a serious mountaineering boot for this trip, but proper hiking boots are necessary. You will be more comfortable if the boot has at least a half shank and is crampon compatible. No ankle height boots, rain boots, or “out and about” boots. You can rent proper boots in Portland, if needed.
Camp shoes -- You will want a warm comfy shoe for camp. Need a waterproof sole, and must be able to keep you warm at night.
Zero degree sleeping bag
Backpack (55 liters)
2 wide mouth Nalgene bottles (or 2 liter equivalent).
Spoon or spork
Pocket knife (small)
Headlamp with extra batteries*
Sunglasses / goggles (no Gucci shades)
Toothbrush / toothpaste
Personal first aid kit (band aids, mole skin, medication)
Small personal towel
Extra snacks for yourself
Solar charger/ battery charger (optional)
*Starred items are included in your AdventurHER Travel swag bag, but if you have favorites, feel free to bring your own!
Transport to Portland, Oregon
Dinners in town nights 1 and 4
Gratuities for local guides
$550 will reserve a spot on this trip. This is fully refundable minus a processing fee for the first 7 business days, whereupon it becomes half refundable until 3/1/2020 and 100% non-refundable from 3/2/2020 on. To attend the trip, you must meet a fundraising goal of $2000. We will help you along your fundraising effort with tips, templates, and motivation!