2015 6th Annual Climbathon

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This year, First Descents came together to CLIMB for COURAGE. The 6th annual Climbathon brought our community together for a day of overcoming fears, supporting each other’s goals, and making it possible to send more young adults impacted by cancer on outdoor adventures that give back so much of what cancer tries to take away – strength, resolve, and spirit.

This year we climbed to honor the courageous people in our lives. And together, in honor of those people, we raised over $50,000 to help young adult cancer fighters and survivors find a little courage of their own by attending a First Descents program.  A huge thank you to the HEISMAN TROPHY TRUST for their matching gift of $17,500 in support of Climbathon. And thank you Beeline Cases for generously donating iPhone cases to our top fundraisers!

 2015 First Descents Climbathon by the Numbers!

1                    Little League Team (The Huskies) raised $3K for FD

25                  Participating Gyms

60+                Volunteers

4-61               Age Range of Participants

300+              Climbers

905                Donations made to First Descents

1,000+           Routes Climbed

50,000+         Dollars Raised for First Descents

 A big thank you to this year’s participating gyms that donated time, space, staff, gear, and energy to this year’s Climbathon:

Aiguille Rock Climbing Center – Orlando, FL

Boulder Rock Club – Boulder, CO

Brooklyn Boulders – Chicago, IL

The Cliffs at LIC – Queens, NY

Climb Nashville – Nashville, TN

Climb Time Indy – Indianapolis, IN

Earth Treks Climbing Center –Rockville, MD

Edgeworks Climbing – Tacoma, WA

Gravity Vault – Chatham, NJ

Inner Peaks – Charlotte, NC

Peak Experiences – Richmond, VA

Portland Rock Gym – Portland, OR                                

River Sports Climbing Center– Knoxville, TN

Rock’N & Jam’N – Thornton, CO

Rock Spot Climbing – Boston, MA

Rock Spot Climbing – Lincoln, RI

Rockreation – Los Angeles, CA

Sportrock Climbing Centers – Alexandria, VA

Steep Rock Bouldering – NYC, NY

Stone Age Rock Gym – Manchester, CT

Vertical Endeavors – St. Paul & Duluth, MN

Vertical Endeavors – Glendale Heights, IL

Vertical World – Seattle, WA

Wild Walls – Spokane, VA


If you would like your climbing gym to be a part of next year’s Climbathon, please email outlivingit@firstdsecents.org