Big Climb 2016
Well, I don’t usually write on the weekends but a new reader/follower, Richard Swift, sent a comment asking if I was still writing since I hadn’t done so for some time. His ‘Kick-in-the-buns’ got me going again and I was inspired to write a new post today:
We climbed the emergency stairwell of the Columbia Center Building. It is the tallest building in Seattle and the second tallest west of the Mississippi. We climbed 69 floors – 1,311 steps – to help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. That’s 788 feet straight up! The view at the top is amazing.
Over 6,000 people participated earning around $3,ooo,ooo dollars.
As you climb the stairs there are posters on the wall at each flight. Some are showing sponsored survivors, some are remembrances of those who’ve passed on. Some climbers on their way up touch the posters.
Complete strangers give each other high fives as they pass by on the way up. Six thousand participants and hundreds of volunteer coordinators, all strangers united for one cause… well, it is a great experience.
If any of you want to participate in next years 2017 Climb, registration will begin in October of this year. You can check out the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Big Climb page, call (206) 628-0777, or email email@example.com. You can watch a video about the climb here.
This was the civilian climb. I say that because there is also a firefighter climb for the same cause two weeks prior. I’ll be writing more in-depth about that one soon.