Category: Kilimanjaro Chronicle

Summit Reached and the Donor Impact

Thank you, Donors!   $110,000 Raised to Support Cancer Research! What will that provide?  Funding at that level makes so many things possible! Within SWOG, for example: Two years of support for a Coltman Fellowship One year of support for a SWOG/Hope Foundation Impact Award Two grants from the Hope Foundation SEED Fund The SWOG …

Updates from the Mountain

Day 4: We were supposed to have cell coverage at Shira Two, today’s camp, but only Tanzanian phones have reception so far. Other electronics doing well–my solar charger performed like a champ this AM, and the diabetic equipment seems ok to 13,000 feet. Today did make me feel like a real mountaineer. The hike was straight …

Climb Leader Examines ‘A Route Less Taken’

Paul Steger and assistant leader Eric Hoem will guide the group, including Blanke, as all attempt to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.  Below, Steger shares some background on the group and what is anticipated during the expedition. — Eric and I met with Donovan Pacholl of Embark, an outfitter supporting climbs of Kilimanjaro, in January 2014.  …

Altitude Training: The Sleep Tent

The Kilimanjaro Climb for Cancer Clinical Trials will commence in just a few weeks, and Dr. Charles Blanke continues to update the climb page with details on the preparations:   More lessons learned, regarding the sleep tent. Thanks to Dr. Peter Hackett for sharing a high altitude conversion chart. 1. Tiny changes to the air …

Climb Preparation on Mt. Hood

Snow training day on Mt. Hood. A stout snow shoe hike, then hill intervals towing some 80 lbs.         A shout out to my training partners Jo and “Emily”.               See additional updates on Facebook.

More on the Importance of Cancer Clinical Trials

A primary goal of the Kilimanjaro Climb is to raise awareness of cancer clinical trials in order to inform the public and help patients participate in studies.  SWOG patient advocate Anna Gottlieb, founder and executive director of Gilda’s Club Seattle, recently shared these thoughts with us:   I’ve been a SWOG patient advocate for many years …

Training Update: Hardy Ridge Hike

Last week’s training included multiple hikes in the Columbia River Gorge area. Beautiful views! And of course the biking and swimming continue, now with added ice hazards, given the cold snap in the Northwest.                   [cta]Donate to the Climb[/cta]

Michael LeBlanc, PhD
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