Hello friends, family, and all who have found their way to this page!
I recently accepted the challenge of participating in the American Lung Association’s annual fundraising climb, Climb For Clean Air. I will be climbing Mt. Hood next year, and I can't think of a better first mountain to climb other than this one that's so close to the place I've called home for the past six years. Mt. Hood was the mountain I learned to ski on three years ago, and where my unexpected love for all things snow began to grow. Mt. Hood is located in the Cascade Range and is Oregon’s tallest peak (11,249 ft). I am fortunate to be able to see Mt. Hood most days, and have been to the top of the Magic Mile (~7,000 ft.) at Timberline Lodge. Now I am going to climb the rest of the way up! The climb will be guided by AMGA guides and we will attempt to summit on May 30-31, 2019.
The Climb for Clean Air is a fundraiser and I have pledged to raise $3,900. This is where you come in. I will need the help and financial support of my family and friends to sponsor me in order to meet my fundraising goal. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated, and I would be so grateful if you would share my fundraising link with your family and friends who might also be interested in supporting the cause. There were lots of ways that I could have chosen to climb this mountain, but I wanted to give something back, to support an important cause, and I thought this was a great way to get involved and do that!
Why is all this important? Well, chances are you know someone who has faced the challenges of asthma, COPD, lung cancer, or air pollution. By making a donation on my behalf, no matter how small or large, you will be helping the American Lung Association provide community based education programs, fight for cleaner air standards and fund life-saving research. With your help, we will fight against lung disease and for lung health. We will be making a positive difference for all of the parents who have a child with asthma, the people who struggle daily with COPD and the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children and friends who get diagnosed with lung cancer. Donations are tax-deductible and will make a difference in the lives of many Americans who struggle to breathe!
Here is what your donation and the Climb For Clean Air program will help to support:
• Research into promoting lung health and preventing lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and tuberculosis;
• Being pro-active in the fight against outdoor air pollutants and environmental health; and
• Striving to reduce tobacco use, especially among young people, that is responsible for over 400,000 deaths in the United States each year. Each day in Oregon, about 30 young people start smoking.
If you'd like to learn more about ALA's current initiatives, go here: https://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/current-initiatives/
Donations can be made online by simply clicking on the link to the right of this message. Or, if you’d prefer to send a check, let me know and we can work that out. Let’s make sure everyone can benefit from healthy lungs and clean air!
I will be starting my training in mid-February, and will keep you all posted as I get myself in shape for the climb! It's sure to be a challenge and I hope you can follow along!
You can follow training hikes and updates on my Instagram: @alittle_loves and I will post updates here as well.
Thank you for all your support. I am truly grateful!
Getting there little by little!!
Hi everyone! It's been a while since I posted an update, so here is the latest from training hike #6 (#5 for me). I want to give a huge thanks to everyone who has donated or shared my campaign so far. You've gotten me to where I am with my fundraising goal and I appreciate you!
3.24. Indian Point. We didn't get out to the point for the amazing view, as it was fairly snowy and safety was a concern, but overall today was a great training hike! Stats: 8 miles, 2700'
I feel like I've come so far already, being that this is the 5th training hike for me and before this I would not have attempted a hike like this on my own because I didn't believe I was strong enough to do it. Little by little, as I test my own limits, or what I previously thought to be "doable", with each hike and with encouragement from our amazing team of volunteer hike leaders, I'm discovering that I am strong enough.
We started our hike today with weighing our packs. Mine came in at a solid 25lbs, which is around what I'll need to carry for the actual climb. My pack felt great though, weight distributed well, and definitely not like I was carrying 25lbs, so I was pleased about that. I was determined today to NOT empty my two gallons of water and I was successful! The first 15 minutes of the hike is always the warm up and this was probably the toughest part today, as legs and lungs got warmed up for the climbing and cardio. That's when all the little voices get loud in my mind and tell me "I don't think I can do this." But I can and I did! After warm up we take a gear check, remove layers and make any adjustments. Then, we get down to our next goal which is hiking for 30 minutes to an hour without a break. We're working up towards an hour which is about what we'll be doing on the climb, breaking ever 1000ft or one hour, whichever comes first. And we continue on like that, taking 5-10 minute breaks, with a 20-minute or so break for lunch, or until we start getting too cold and are ready to continue.
Different parts of the hike have different challenges. Climbing is well, lots of cardio and using lots of leg muscle. Parts of today were pretty steep and so we worked on the "rest step" and "pressure breathing" which are skills we'll use on the climb. At some part on the climb today we got into snow and that continued for a good portion of the remainder of the hike. Lots of post holes, some knee deep. I find that this terrain takes a lot more balance and concentration. At some point the up turned to down, which for me, is another beast entirely. The down portion requires muscles be used in different ways yet again, and my knees were cranky. Hearing others stories about having the same pains and that it gets easier as you hike more got me through though. I've got it on my list to find some exercises that'll help strengthen the muscles around my knees!
I'm just about two months out from the climb and thanks to support from friends and family I'm at 51% of my fundraising requirement! I'm so grateful for the support and encouragement and really hope that as I go on and on about Climb for Clean Air, that y'all find these posts entertaining and perhaps even inspiring! We can do so much when we put our minds to it.
If you've got an extra $5, $10, or some other amount that works for you and your budget, please consider donating. The ALA is a top notch organization and donations are tax-deductible! Every dollar counts, just like every step counts for me on my hikes!
by Amber Little on Mon, Mar 25, 2019 @ 12:05 AM
First Training Hike!!
Yesterday, I completed my first training hike and I loved it! Even though the weather was a bit rainy, it was so great to get outdoors and enjoy a hike and the amazing view at the top of Angel's Rest in the Columbia River Gorge. I can already tell 100% just how amazing this program is and am so glad that I joined and have the opportunity to raise money for a great cause and also meet and hike with a fantastic group of people. I'm looking forward to more training, getting stronger, making new friends to hike with, and summiting Mt. Hood at the end of May!
Thanks to everyone who is supporting me through either donating to the fundraiser, sharing the fundraising link, or offering words of encouragement. I appreciate all of you!
by Amber Little on Sun, Feb 17, 2019 @ 11:44 AM
Just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated so far and everyone who has viewed and sharing my fundraising profile! I am at 18% of my goal and couldn't have done it without your support! My first official training hike is on Feb 16th so I'll be sure to post an update then!
by Amber Little on Sat, Feb 02, 2019 @ 8:17 PM