WHAT IS TEAM ASHA
“Asha”, in Sanskrit means “Hope”.
Over the last decade I have had the privilege to witness friends stand up to challenging odds and move the needle on transforming hope to reality and inspiration. Our battles vary; it can be overwhelming health challenges, poverty with no way out, inequality, a large personal loss, depression, and many times over, a combination of it all.
Team Asha is a tribute to all those who go beyond hope. They persevere in their battles towards success and inspire others to follow.
WHAT IS TEAM ASHA DOING
We will climb Mount Rainier to raise funds for American Lung Association through their Climb for Clean Air fund raising drive.
About 32 million individuals in America alone suffer from lung disease. Chances are you know someone who has faced challenges of asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or lung cancer. They are hiding in plain sight. I am one of them.
American Lung Association provide community based education programs, fight for cleaner air standards and fund life-saving research. Through your support we make 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.
HOW CAN YOU HELP
Team Asha has a fund raising target of $4,250. It’s a large amount, but we can reach it through your support.
- Make a $50 donation on this page while you are on the page. It’s a large demanding ask, but we have a daunting fund raising goal of $4,250.
- Andddd. You can also make me work for your donation. Pledge to donate to a specific milestone. Find details on Team Asha's facebook page.
- Make me donate more. By Aug 1, 2019; for every $1 donated by you, I will add $0.25 for as much as $1,500 on my end.
- If you are in the Seattle area, join me on stair climbs, hikes, bike rides and trail runs. I will certainly enjoy the company.
- You are not in Seattle! Not a problem. Tag Team Asha in your pictures on social media for any outdoor activities and help drive awareness for the importance of clean air.
- Embrace the exponential. Spread the word. Share team Asha page with friends, colleagues and local businesses.
- Get your employers to help. Many employers match a percentage of donations by their employees.
As many of you know, I have had a variety of health issues for the last few years. Hence the thoughts that arose were; this is for a good cause, what do I have to loose, what do I have to gain, why not challenge myself.
ABOUT THE CLIMB
You will all be part of this climb through the posts I will be sharing through Team Asha’s facebook group page. I hope to see pictures from your adventures on Team Asha’s page as well.
The climb to the summit of Mount Rainier will happen between July 22-25, 2019.
The team will spend July 22 & 23 practicing rope and glacier traverse skills near Paradise, WA. The name says it all; Paradise. Paradise is located at 5,400 feet on the southern flank of Mt. Rainier near the Nisqually glacier. There are sweeping views of Mt. St.Helens, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and the Tatoosh range. During summer, the usually snow-covered slopes are transformed into flower filled meadows. In the valley below, you can see old growth forests of douglas fir.
We will be summiting Rainier via the Disappointment Cleaver route and will begin our climb on the morning of July 24th, starting from Paradise and heading up towards Camp Muir. Camp Muir is a hut located at 10,400 feet meant for climbers headed up to the summit. We expect getting to Camp Muir around 3:30pm on July 24th. The push for the summit starts around midnight of July 24th as the snow is more stable during the earlier hours of the day. We anticipate getting to the summit crater at 14,411 feet at morning of July 25th. After a few minutes at the summit; its time to head back down to Paradise.
Many of you have already expressed concern about safety on the climb. The team is going to be in the knowledgeable hands of RMI guides. RMI guides was founded by pioneer climbers, Jim and Lou Whittaker and have been leading climbers on peaks across the globe for the last 50 years. Turns out, Jim was the first American to summit Mt. Everest and his legacy is continued by other Whittakers who continue to guide for RMI.
FUN FACTS ABOUT MOUNT RAINIER
- Rainier is the 5th highest mountain in the lower 48 states of the US with the 21st highest topographic prominence in the world.
- Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 US states with a total of 26 major glaciers covering 93 sq. km. of snow fields.
- Rainier is the tallest active volcano in the US. The summit has two craters. The geothermal nature of the summit has formed the world’s largest network of glacier caves. There is a lake under 100ft. of ice and snow at the summit that can be accessed by the glacial caves.
- The first known ascent of Mt. Rainier was by Hazard Stevens in 1870.
- The first known ascent of Mt. Rainier by a woman was by Fay Fuller in 1887.
- In 2002 Bronka Sundstorm became the oldest person to climb Rainier. She was 77 then. She continues to hike to Camp Muir on a regular basis. Doing as many as 50 hikes a season. She is 94 now and rumors are she is planning to summit this season. Hope to cross paths with this legend .