Figure out your why, rather, your who?
A few things you should know
People often wonder, why mountaineering? We've decided to literally put the weight of these diseases on our backs and carry hope up mountains. It's incredibly physically and mentally taxing -- a great analogy for what patients of cancer and MS go through every single day.
First, we judge our success not by whether we summited, but by the whole experience -- which includes months of fundraising for breast cancer and MS research, training to get our bodies and minds fit enough for a major challenge - and most importantly, that every climber comes down off the mountain safely.
A mountain may change your life. Let's give it back.
Second, we've found three types of people join Climb For Hope trips:
- Cancer survivors
- People who have had friends and family members afflicted by illness
- People who want to experience big mountains but in an affordable or more meaningful way than by hiring a big guide company
The one commonality, though, is that everyone who has joined a CFH trip with been “good people,” a genuine person interested in living to their potential and just plain fun.
The third thing to know is that while people join a CFH trip for their own reasons (to contribute, to heal, to achieve, etc.), the experience is so unique, so powerful, that everyone finishes the trip with some combination of:
A HUGE sense of accomplishment
A fortified belief in yourself
Camaraderie with others affected by cancer or MS
A calmness from being in nature
Stories to brag about back home
Lots of laughs, and
A perspective on your life that comes only from going to your limits and looking past them.
Climb for Hope gives us so much more than we put into it, and we would love if you could join us on a future climbs.