Our Climb Against the Odds 2014 team made it back to civilization today in high spirits. Twenty of the 25 climbers made it to the top of the 14,179-foot Mount Shasta. The remaining five climbers made it to at least 11,500 feet, which is also an amazing feat.
As they arrived at Bunny Flat they were greeted by friends, family and supporters after having transformative experiences up on the mountain with their teammates.
Jill Zastko, a breast cancer survivor who carried Breast Cancer Fund Founder Andrea Martin's talisman up the mountain called the Climb the most incredible experience of her life. At one point, other people on her rope team had turned back and her guide wasn't sure whether or not she could keep going. She decided she to go on, and as she approached the West Face of Mt. Shasta, another rope team that was farther ahead started cheering for her. It was an emotional and inspiring moment, which helped her push through and make it to the top. Congratulations to Jill and all the other climbers.
For Ruth Walter, a cheese shop owner from Bronxville, N.Y., the climb was humbling. She climbed Mt. Shasta to mark her five year anniversary from treatment and reached the top. "I couldn't have done it without my teammates,
"I have never been drawn to the walk for the cure or anything like that. I don’t really like pink or ribbons or self identifying as a breast cancer survivor. I feel like it’s kind of inundated our lives and I really like the Breast Cancer Fund's emphasis on prevention."
Stay tuned as more pictures from the mountain are posted to Flickr and as we wrap up this year's Climb Against the Odds.