Ascent of Quandary Peak to benefit people with MS
A peak climb for a compelling cause will take place Sunday, when hikers ascend Quandary Peak south of Breckenridge to raise money for people and families living with multiple sclerosis (MS).Famed Everest skier and mountaineer Mike Marolt of Aspen will join the climb, which is being organized by Colorado Academy’s MS Club and is open to everyone. The ascent of Quandary Peak, one of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains, begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Quandary Peak trailhead. Participants will climb 2.8 miles gaining 3,350 feet in elevation to the summit (14,265 feet) where everyone will enjoy their own mountaintop lunch, then descend.All proceeds from the Quandary Climb benefit The Heuga Center, a nonprofit organization based in Edwards, dedicated to improving the lives of people with MS through educational and wellness programs. The money raised by climbers through registration fees and/or pledges will provide scholarships for people to attend one of The Heuga Center’s internationally renowned “CAN DO” Programs.In 2000, Marolt, along with his twin brother Steve, became the first Americans to climb and ski from 8,000 meters. In 2003, Mike and Steve became the first Americans to ski the north ridge of Mt. Everest.The Quandary climb is rated moderate, so participants should be knowledgeable about their endurance and physical abilities, climbing at high altitude and prepared with proper dress, footwear, water and food. A minimum donation of $20 is requested, and all participants receive a T-shirt. Participants are encouraged to join the fundraising effort by gathering donations beforehand based on summitting the peak and/or on vertical feet climbed. To register, visit http://www.heuga.org/events/mountainset/htm, or come the day of the climb. For information on Climbing Mountains for MS or The Heuga Center, visit http://www.heuga.org or phone (800) 367-3101.
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