2013 CFAC Annual Event

Climb For A Cause 2013, Wheeler Peak, New Mexico by Virginia Norton Friday September 27th – rainy and cold. Second thoughts. Did we pick the right weekend for this mountain climb? The forecast for the next two days was good. Time would tell if it would hold. After the rain and sleet on Friday, the weather cleared up beautifully by very early morning Saturday. I did not sleep well Friday night and peered out the window of my hotel to see a good omen – starry skies. By daybreak Saturday morning we could see snow glistening on the mountain. Hmmm. Crampons and snow shoes were not on the gear list! During our acclimatization hike Saturday morning we discovered there had been a small amount of accumulation in some shady areas of the trail. Maybe half an inch, maybe more in a few places. Given the sunny forecast, and the elevation and dryness, we figured most of the snow would be melted, especially in areas higher up with less tree cover. For our pre-event hike, we trekked up the trail we would be hiking down for the main event. We took a scenic detour away from the summit trail and hiked to a small waterfall. Someone took a wrong turn off the narrow foot trail and lead a few of us over a boulder field. Tricky footwork and balancing distracted us so that by the time we discovered the error, we had reached the waterfall. Oh well. At least we knew the way back would be easier! Things were looking good for tomorrow’s summit attempt. We finished our hike and...

DCFAC XVI – Wheeler Peak (2013)

On Friday, September 27th,  40 professionals and lay people from across the country met in New Mexico’s Taos Ski Valley to prepare for a one day ascent and descent of Wheeler Peak, that state’s highpoint. [Show thumbnails] The occasion marked Climb for a Cause’s sixteenth Annual Hiking Event. Participants were treated to incomparable vistas and a weekend jam-packed with Events ranging from shopping and dips in the hot tub to mountain biking, horseback riding and, of course the September 29th twelve mile round trip Summit Attempt. As always, funds raised were earmarked to support the SmileTree™ funded oral health education and treatment projects. “Despite high winds and chilly conditions all 40 participants reached the summit with big smiles.” reports Climb For A Cause and Smile Tree’s executive director Daniel A. ‘Danny’ Bobrow. “Owing to a record number of participants, safety considerations and Park regulations determined that we would divide our Group into four Teams.  Everyone succeeded in navigating the 12 mile loop and enjoyed a much deserved respite at the Bavarian Lodge, conveniently located at the trail’s terminus.” continues Bobrow. At the Awards Banquet, Dr. Earl Bogrow and Bill McCormick were honored as, respectively, Rookie of The Year  and Distinguished Alumus.  Director Daniel Bobrow was also surprised to be honored with the Director of the Year award by his Event Management Team Virginia Norton and Emily Vagts. With 40 participants and over $65,000 raised this is the most successful Climb For a Cause Event yet! Our sincere thanks go out to this year’s generous sponsors; Gunderson Dettmer, et al; Quality Dental Plan; Aseptico; and Heritage Dental Lab. SEE MORE...