The Climb To Conquer Cancer


On Saturday I participated in the Climb to Conquer Cancer Fundraising event here in my home town of Flagstaff Arizona. The event is hosted by the American Cancer Society and I’ve participated in the climb before back in 2008. This year there were 184 Teams Registered and 3,746 Participants! Together we raised $240,684.33.

The climb up Snow Bowl Road is 7 miles and if you aren’t in great shape, it’s a killer climb. This time it seemed easier than my climb back in 2008. I’m not sure if it’s because I have kids and I’m always running around keeping up with them, but I remember being in pain during that last mile trek up the road with its steep incline. This time I had no problem getting all the way up. I did however feel sore up to three days after the climb. The balls of my feet hurt and muscles I didn’t even know I had hurt.

To give you perspective on the climb, you start off at the base of Mount Agassiz at 9,200 feet and once you get to the top, you are at 11,500 feet. So it’s quite a climb.

When you get there in the morning you start off parking at a high school and they bus you from the high school to the base of the mountain. Saturday I held off on my morning coffee intake and instead drank water and grabbed a breakfast sandwich for the energy.

When I climbed back in 2008, my husband and I saw this kid with muscular dystrophy trying to climb and I was so inspired by his efforts. This time I saw this:

A woman was trying to make it up in a wheelchair. This was toward the beginning of our climb. She had her friend in front of her coaching her and encouraging her. 
I’ve seen some amazing things at this event. It’s truly extraordinary the effort people put into it and the lengths at which people will push themselves. 
I had some company along the way. I walked with the mom group I’m associated with. We get together weekly for playdates and I love these women like sisters: 
Pushing her son in a stroller. The stroller can be heavy and hard to push up toward the end of the climb. 
Me in the middle! (Yes I’m short)
Along the way I took pictures. These pictures don’t give it justice to how inclined it really is. The mountain at the top is Mount Humphreys. 
At one point I thought that we were almost to the top, just to see this sign: 
I decided to take a selfie at half way: 
(Thumbs up!)
Buses were already heading down the road and people were shouting out the window “Never Give Up”.
One of the pretty views along the way.
We finally made it to the top before we entered the ski lodge:
View from the summit. It’s so pretty in the fall!
The view plus me! 
When you enter into the ski lodge area, you had a cheer team awaiting you and food catered in for all the climbers from Outback Steak House. 
I had a quick meal, then headed to the buses to go back down. They wouldn’t let you climb back down, everyone was bused down. 
View from the ski lifts: 

I’m glad I was able to participate in such an uplifting event. The only thing I regret not taking a picture of was memory lane. Memory lane was a section of the climb that had stakes set up with people’s pictures on it and a tribute to them who fought and lost the battle with cancer. People would get to memory lane, grab their loved one’s steak and carry it to the top. It was nice to see on the way down that there were only two or three stakes left to take up.

Have you done anything like this to raise money for a cause? I’d love to hear about it. 

About Heather Jones

I'm just a wife and mom of two boys trying to find her place in this world. I enjoy walks around the lake, bible journaling, and RV camping with my family.

Heartfully Heather


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I'm just a wife and mom of two boys trying to find her place in this world. I enjoy walks around the lake, bible journaling, and RV camping with my family.

11 thoughts on “The Climb To Conquer Cancer

  1. I saw your Instagram posts on this and I love it! Such a great thing to do for a great cause. I love going on hikes and challenging myself, and it’s cool that people could bring their kids in strollers and make it into a family outing. Good job mama on making it to the top!

  2. What a wonderful thing to do! I haven’t done a climb to raise money but I’ve volunteered at events and did a marathon once. They were pretty fun too 🙂

  3. What an awesome job for such a great cause! I admire you, I’d love to do this one day with my kids.Its so important to show them every bit helps.

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