Dear Friends and Family,
I am writing to let you know about an exciting new adventure I am undertaking. I have committed to participate in the American Lung Association’s Climb for Clean Air Reach the Summit of Mt. Rainier.
I will be working towards summiting Mt. Rainier June 27, 2020. Fortunately, I am not doing this alone and I am not doing this just for myself. I am partnering with the American Lung Association to help me prepare and reach the summit. In return, I am raising a $4250 for the ALA to continue their great work in lung health.
Let’s make sure everyone can benefit from healthy lungs.
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, 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. I am grateful to have two healthy lungs and this is due to science and policy the ALA supports. I want to help future generations have less risk of lung disease.
Every donation I receive helps make a bigger impact. Please help support my efforts to save lives, donate now. Any contribution amount would be greatly appreciated, but a donation of $50.00 or more would go a long way to helping me reach my goal. My deadline for contributions is May 1, 2020. Donations are tax deductible.
This is one of the biggest challenges of my lifetime There are no guarantees to summit; there are large risks; and there are great rewards! I have started training and hope to climb a few of the smaller volcanoes prior to Mt. Rainier. I will update you on my progress along the way with some beautiful photos.
Together we can fight lung disease and fulfill my goals! I appreciate your support!!
February 2020 - Route Details
I have been focusing in on making my preparations a routine with consistently hiking every week and hitting the gym at least 3 times in the week. The team made over $2500 fundraising at Seahawks games and we have an opportunity to get a generous matching gift when we hit 60% of our goal!
I also want to share more details on the climb itself. On my Facebook page I posted a map of the route. Here are some of the details of the climb after we hike to Camp Muir (10,000'). We leave Camp Muir around 12:30 AM on our rope team and climb for approx. 1 hr - 1 ? hrs in between each break spot. There are three break spots: top of Ingraham Glacier, top of the Cleaver, and at High Break. We will hopefully summit shortly after 7 AM around sunrise and spend one hour at the summit. However, the true summit of Mt. Rainier is called Columbia Crest which is on the opposite side of the crater. So after getting into the crater, the teams unclamp from the rope, drop packs, get some water/food, and hike 20 minutes to Columbia Crest. Just below is a Mazama box that houses a notebook to sign our name. After spending a few minutes at the true summit, then it's a 20 minute hike back to the packs to rope up/gear up, and start your decent.
I once saw great Seattle climber Ed Viesters speak and one thing that stuck with me is him saying "getting to the summit is optional. Getting down is mandatory."
As the rope teams descend, breaks will be scarce. We will arrive back at Camp Muir around noon, spend and hour packing the items we left in the hut and replenish ourselves. Then continue the decent to Paradise for a couple of hours totaling our day at roughly 14 hrs of hiking.
Who wants to join now?? I am really excited about this, but will not lie about there being some fears. What calms me is that I will be doing this with friends and guides I trust, weeks of conditioning, knowing this is for a great cause towards healthy living, and the love and support of my friends and family.
Thank you for your support.
by Alan Lenny on Thu, Feb 06, 2020 @ 9:35 PM
December 2019 Update
In December I didn't get on as many hikes as I would like, but I was able to get one in with my boys, which is always a good time. I am starting to hike with a little weight in my pack and it's getting to feel very comfortable. I will be ready to increase the weight next month.
I have very good workout routine at the gym, plus our Tuesday classes at work continue to kick our butts and we feel the burn for the next couple of days. I am looking forward to the new year where we will continue our morning hike routines on Thursdays instead of Wednesdays. The Wednesday mornings were especially hard because we are still recovering from our Tuesday workouts. Now we will have a little time to rest.
I also got a great book on climbing Mt. Rainier this month. One of the takeaways is the hardest part of the climb is the descent because we will be physically and mentally exhausted and hiking for a total of 9+ hours that day (base camp to summit, then summit to trail-head) starting around 3am. That will be something!
Thank you all for your love and support and happy holidays!
by Alan Lenny on Mon, Dec 23, 2019 @ 6:16 PM
November 2019 Update
I wanted to update everyone on what I have been focusing on at this early stage. First, I have been going on weekly hikes every Wednesday morning before work. This usually means a 5:30 am trailhead time, but sometimes it means 5:00 am :(. These hikes are helping me get more comfortable with moving my body uphill, getting comfortable with my equipment and clothes, and adjusting to early mornings and long days! An additional benefit is we get to see some awesome sunrises when we get to the peak These can be seen on Instagram if you follow #tideworksmountaineers.
Secondly, the Tideworks Mountaineers meet at Tuesday noon for hour long HIIT classes. These are really challenging and are helping build our strength and endurance. They are also a great team building experience.
Lastly, we are all working on our fundraising. I really appreciate the start I got from the donations already received! We are trying to raise funds several different ways. The primary method of fundraising is through individual donations from friends and family. If you haven't donated already, please take a moment and donate what you can to help. A donation of $50 really helps, but more is always appreciated!
I truly appreciate all of the love and support and look forward to sharing this experience with you!
by Alan Lenny on Wed, Nov 13, 2019 @ 11:23 PM