July 13, 1998
Carnation climbers aim to reach their peak
The ultimate Northwest adventure--the American Lung Association of Washington's annual Climb for Clean Air--celebrates its tenth anniversary in 1998. Over three July weekends, legendary mountaineer and honorary Climb Chairman Lou Whittaker will personally escort a record 80 Lung Association climbers up Mount Rainier.
Two Carnation residents are among those who will make the climb. Karla Anderson is scheduled to climb July 10-11, and Kevin Wynant will make the ascent on July 24-25.
The anniversary celebration kicks off on July 10-11 with a special Reunion climb. Popular KIRO 7 TV news anchors David Kerley and Penny LeGate will be among 15 past Climb participants challenging themselves with a return to Rainier's summit.
"Ten years ago, I climbed Mount Rainier as part of the first Climb for Clean Air," said LeGate. "A decade later, it is a thrill to aim for the summit again on this Reunion Climb. It's a powerful way to communicate how strong bodies need clean air to function."
Since the first Climb for Clean Air in 1988, more than 200 Lung Association climbers have raised nearly $700,000 to help the Lung Association fight indoor and outdoor air pollution. Each climber raises a minimum of $3,000 to benefit Lung Association programs.
The Lung Association hopes to raise $225,000 through the 1998 Climb.
Over the last decade, Mount Rainier has become a dramatic symbol of the value of clean air, as pollution more frequently obscures the visibility of the 14,411-foot peak. But air pollution means more than just a spoiled view; poor air quality contributes significantly to respiratory and heart disease, and causes tens of thousands of premature deaths in our country each year.