Climbing for a cause
EDWARDS — A climb for a good cause will take place on Sept. 12, when hikers gather to ascend Quandary Peak to raise money for people and families living with multiple sclerosis (MS). Famed Everest skier and mountaineer, Mike Marolt, 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 14ers, begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Quandary Peak trailhead, eight miles south of Breckenridge. Participants will climb 2.8 miles gaining 3,350 feet in elevation to the summit (14,265 feet), where everyone have a mountain top 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 Can Do Programs.The Climb for MS 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 fund-raising effort by gathering donations beforehand based on hiking 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 more information on Climbing Mountains for MS or The Heuga Center’s programs for people with MS, visit http://www.heuga.org or phone (800) 367.3101.