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Your Commitment to the Breast Cancer Fund

Our success lies in the journey, rather than the summit, and for this team of women and men, the Climb Against the Odds journey begins in the fall.

With the support of the Breast Cancer Fund staff, past climbers and mentors, participants begin their training and fundraising efforts in preparation for the June expedition.

Over the next several months, the team becomes active and engaged members of the Breast Cancer Fund community, and in June, climbers will gather together at Mt. Shasta for the final leg of this extraordinary journey.

To begin your journey, you must commit to:

Fees and expenses


Experience is optional—no mountaineering experience is necessary to join Climb Against the Odds. However, the physical challenge is significant and should not be taken lightly. While Mt. Shasta is a beginner’s mountaineering peak with permanent snow, and is one of the few places in the United States where you can learn basic mountaineering at moderately high altitude, participants must commit to significant long-term aerobic, anaerobic, strength and flexibility training.

To prepare adequately, you must make training a priority. We recommend beginning a moderate training program many months before departure, and then building up to a very strenuous level. High altitude climbing is very different from running or rock climbing, and you need to condition your body properly for it.

A one-day beginners’ mountaineering course is also required before climbing and is scheduled for the day after your arrival in Shasta. In this course, professional mountain guides will teach you  use of your ice axe and crampons, step kicking, step cutting, pace setting, zigzagging up low-angled snow slopes, extensive self-arrest practice in all forms, and climb practice while roped together in small teams.


Climb Against the Odds 2017 team members will be required to raise a minimum of $6,000 in donations for the Breast Cancer Fund. The Breast Cancer Fund supports your fundraising efforts every step of the way. To help you with your fundraising, the Breast Cancer Fund will offer webinars on fundraising tips, tools, and tactics, as well as educational material on the ecology of Breast Cancer. 

Fundraising opportunities range from traditional letter- and email-writing campaigns to organized fundraising parties, lunches, dinners, LUNAFEST film festivals, drawings, hikes, spin classes and other athletic events, as well as community events such as garage sales and car washes.

The deadline for reaching the fundraising minimum of $6,000 is June 30, 2017. By committing to the fundraising minimum and the deadline, you agree that if you do not raise the minimum by June 30, you authorize the Breast Cancer Fund to charge your credit card for the remaining balance.

Fees and Expenses 

A registration fee of $1,875 is required to cover climb expenses advanced by the Breast Cancer Fund. The fee includes:

  • Shell jacket, down jacket, pants and some additional donated by sponsors.
  • Expert mountaineering guide service including snow school from Shasta Mountain Guides
  • Wilderness permits and passes
  • Shared accommodations at Mount Shasta Resort from June 17 to 23, 2017 
  • Tent accommodations and arrangements on the mountain, including group camping and commissary equipment
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • Climb rental gear (mountaineering boots, gaiters, ice axe, crampons, helmet and harness)

The registration fee does not include:

  • Transportation between your hometown and Mt. Shasta
  • Medical and evacuation insurance
  • Some clothing and equipment, including personal items
  • Sleeping bag, sleeping pads (these may be rented in Mt. Shasta)
  • Lunch on the first day of climb, your choice of snacks for summit day (breakfast and dinner are provided by guides and others during climb days).
  • Any expenses (lodging, meals and recreation) for your supporters in Mt. Shasta

We can assist in your planning by providing cost estimates for these items.