Figure out your why, rather, your who?
A few things you should know
Over the last 10 year's we've learned a thing or two about why we're so deeply passionate about what we do. 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 or not, 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 we have been on a CFH trip with has been “good people,” a genuine person interested in living to their potential and just plain fun to be with.
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.
CFH gives us so much more than we put into it, and we would love if you could join us on a future climbs.