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DCFAC IV – Mt. Adams (2001)

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Climb For A Cause Team Summits Mt. Adams By Capitalizing On “Weather Window”

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The DCFAC 2001 Team:

Howard Farran, Dan DelCastillo, David Bolla, Frank Wolf, Dan Haghighi, Grant Ritchey, Bridget Mackey, Ian Paisley, Ann Tornabene, Stephen Hoffman, Steve Cook, Kate Warren, Bruce Gouin, Chris Mast, Heather Gibson, Gregory Weber, David Dennis, Steve Goodwin, Rich Whipple, Lorne Lavine, Aladean Attar, Randy West, Todd Mingo, & Danny Bobrow


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Mt. Adams (elev. 12,276)

Mt. Adams, Washington’s second highest volcano, rises up to 12,276 feet and offers spectacular views of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Hood. It is one of five major volcanic peaks in the Pacific Northwest. There are several climbing routes on the mountain, ranging from the “non-technical” South Climb, to highly technical routes that require advanced skill, experience and special equipment

Climbing via the adventurous Mazama Glacier route offered the DCFAC 2001 Team close-up views of the hanging seracs of the Kilickatat Glacier and a truly memorable mountaineering experience. With a Client-to-Guide Ratio of 5:1, this Grade 2 (Beginner/Intermediate) alpine experience was not without its moments of drama, as it looked like the weather might preclude our summit bid. Fortunately, on Sunday, July 29, the weather gods were with us, and the Team was atop the peak of Mt. Adams by late morning!


Gear Check
(photo courtesy, Steve Goodwin)


The Team’s first rest stop
(photo courtesy, Steve Goodwin)

Mt. Adams forms the heart of the Mt. Adams Wilderness, designated by Congress as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1964. A Wilderness, in contrast to other federal land designations, is protected and managed to preserve its natural condition and provide opportunities for solitude or primitive and unconfined types of recreation. Please help care for this unique area by adhering to all regulation and guidelines during your visit. Thank you!

As with previous years, our beneficiary was Operation Smile’s Dental Mission to Hanoi, Vietnam.