The Final Word
It was such an amazing trip. While we did not summit due to weather and some technical complications, I had the time of my life. I got to hang out at 12,000 ft for a couple days, where the skies are so blue, I learned mountaineering skills (how to use an ice ax and crampons, about the weather and many other things) that will help me on future climbs.
The hardest part of this whole climb was being right below the summit and not going for it. But the weather, multiple east facing snow fields, and very exposed ridges said "Come Back Next Year Kid".
Despite not summiting, I did complete my goal to raise money for pediatric brain tumor research. I raised over $13,000 and the donations are still coming in!
Overall, this project was a major success. I raised money, which I set out to do and countless people I do not even know are now more aware of the effects of pediatric brain tumors.
The icing on the cake was getting to spend a week in the mountains with some of the coolest people EVER: My Father Chris "Ol' Skool" Wimpey who has done so much for me and has been there every step of the way. Thanks Papa, I love you! My Tia Loca's Catherine and Betsy Wimpey, my Spiritual Advisor Mark Peery, my Mentor from High Tech High (Class of '06 woot woot) Brian "The Manic Hispanic" Delgado, one of my trainers Sherri Rothenberger, one of my best friends and still teaching me after the "incident" in 8th grade, Jake Palmer, the machine, Sean "Cinco soon to be Seis (Knock on wood)" Swarner (Sean Has his own cause goin' check it out at www.seanswarner.com).
A big thanks to everyone on Team Zac and the 18 first day hikers! Let's do it again next year guys! And to the rest of you cool cats out there in cyberspace land it is NEVER TO LATE TO DONATE TO THS CAUSE!
to health, cheers. -zy