The 5th Annual Summit for Life (S4L) operated like clock-work on Aspen Mountain Saturday Night. Over 400 (new record) up-hillers climbed Ajax in support of the Chris Klug Foundation (CKF). Freezing cold temps, zipping winds and POWDERY conditions could not stop the skinny skiers, hikers, snowshoe-ers, runners, skinners etc. etc. from climbing over 2.5 miles and 3,267 vertical feet. AspenSpin took the 18 minute gondy ride up top to party with almost 600 people (new record) at the Sundeck.
Education about organ and tissue donation is the main focus of CKF and S4L. Learn more..click CKF. Over $100,000 was raised by S4L 2010. Many organ recipients and their families travel to Aspen every December just to hike Ajax. "It's a celebration of Life, it's a Community of Life" said a hyper-ventilating and icicle covered hiker at the finish as he was greeted by his wife and grand children. Times ranged from "sub 50's" (yeah, 50 minutes) to more than 3 hours. Everyone finishes.
Summit for Life is a well-oiled production now. After 5 years, CKF 's S4L has grown to include a full weekend of activities including a posh dinner and blow out party at Pacifica. The Aspen community pitches in with both hands. Its good people doing good stuff and having a good time doing it. The volunteers are well trained and ready to help. Check the huge list of Sponsors and Partners at the CKF website.
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