As many of you know, 2018 was a year of adventures and firsts for me. After being born in San Jose, growing up in Saratoga and a lifetime lived in the SF Bay Area, I picked up life and moved to Oregon. While family and friends are missed each and every day, the difference in quality of life isn’t. More than 80 miles worth of trails on the edge of town 15 minutes away with snow and skiing a little more than an hour - I truly can hike by day and ski by night. I did my first Rugged Maniac in 2018 and I’ve upped the ante for 2019. . . . I’m going to summit Mount Hood! Climb For Clean Air is sponsored by the American Lung Association and provides mountaineering training & guides needed to summit Mt. Baker (10,781ft), Mt. Hood (11,245ft), or Mt. Rainier (14,410). Since I won’t be doing this myself and have a team to help, here’s where you can join my team - no hiking required, but yes, please grab your wallet:-)
Let’s make sure everyone can benefit from healthy lungs!
Here is what your gracious donation and this program will help to support:
Research into promoting lung health and preventing lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and tuberculosis. Both my nephew and niece have dealt with asthma and you know how much they mean to me<3
Being pro-active in the fight against outdoor air pollutants and for 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. A very good friend of mine quit smoking a few years ago after smoking for more than half her life so if we can stop just one young person from even starting, it’s a step in the right direction! By making a donation on my behalf, 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.
Every donation I receive helps make a bigger impact. Please help support my efforts to save lives, donate now - no matter how much, every dollar will help fight lungs disease!
Practice Hike #1 - Angel's Rest
Happy Monday Team Roberts!
Well, my Mt. Hood Summit journey is officially underway as we had our first hike this past weekend to Angel's Rest which is located in the Gorge. A moderate hike of 5 miles (out & back) with a good elevation climb of 1,463 within the first 2.5 miles. Rain and snow, but no wind and the clouds were high enough for some gorgeous views. First time using microspikes, but easy adjustment for this softballer;-). Biggest difference between this hike and all of my other hikes - the purpose was to summit so stopping to take pictures along the way (great opportunity to catch your breath) was a "NO" on the way up and only allowed on the way down.
Can't thank our volunteer "coaches" who led the way - especially Denise - who I ended up partnering with. She quickly saw my "competitive" spirit and was able to provide me some really valuable feedback and guidance regarding my breathing and pacing myself.
I also want to thank all of you who have already contributed to the American Lung Association via my Climb For Clean Air journey. I will be blogging after each of our hikes as I want everyone to know this is the real thing and whether it's me hiking or your financial support, this is our adventure and I couldn't be doing it without your support. For those that haven't donated yet, there's no time like the present:-)
Thanx all and next week. . . . .Cape Horn
by Melanie Roberts on Mon, Feb 18, 2019 @ 4:42 PM