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I grew up in the Boston area and lived there until my junior year in high school when I attended the Mountain School, a semester program run by Milton Academy in Vershire, VT. I then attended Colby College in Waterville, ME. During my time at Colby I studied anthropology, spent a semester in Northeast India, and became fluent in Nepali. Before I became a guide I earned my black belt in kenpo karate and taught karate for 6 years. I began guiding in college on the rocky coast of ME with Acadia Mountain Guides and on ice at the International Mountain Climbing School in NH. After graduating I took to the highway and drove from ME to WA for the big mountains and glaciers. I spend my winters in lovely Ouray, CO guiding in the famous ice park. I am currently working towards becoming a certified guide through the American Mountain Guides Association. I live, work and play in the hills and on the rocks. On the rocks both literally and, well, with ice.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fight Cancer

We steadily plod up into the rarified air on Mount Rainier. The snow is clean, the air is pure, and the cause is noble. This climb is not about the summit. It is about fighting the tragedy thathas touched all out lives. It is about fighting cancer. I have lost all my grandparents to cancer. I stood by my father as he fought and beat prostate cancer. In my work on an ambulance I brought cancer patients to and from treatments that did as much harm as good. This climb was important.

The climbers raised a great deal of money to fund the battle against cancer as participants in the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Climb to Fight Breast Caner. Each one of our 8 climbers raised at least $5,000 and many raised more in order to participate in the climb.

For these climbers the challenge of Mount Rainier and the persistence needed to climb it were experiences not only for their own sake. They were symbolic of the challenge of the fight against cancer and the persistence necessary to win that fight.

Congratulations to you all!


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  2. Cool blog, Eitan! Thanks for posting all of your great photos on Picasa. We were able to download a few from the site, and we'll be sure to credit you when we put them on our blog: Thanks again for an awesome trip up Rainier! Brian and Carla