Seattle, Washington (PressExposure) March 06, 2009 -- Red Lantern Journeys, a leading operator of independent tours and treks in Asia, is sponsoring a benefit climb of Mt. Rainier in Washington State July 17 to 19, 2009 to raise money for the Mitrata-Nepal Foundation for Children, a US 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting the Mitrata Orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal. Known as the Climb for Himalaya Children (CHC), participation is open to the public with the requirements that they are prepared for the physical challenge of the climb and can raise a minimum of $1000.
In an unusual twist, the CHC will have teams attempt two different routes on Mt. Rainier: the Camp Muir/Disappointment Cleaver route on the southeast side of the mountain, and the Emmons Glacier route on the east side of the mountain. Their goal is to meet on the summit and set Buddhist prayer flags in honor of the children of Nepal. A prize for the leading fundraiser for this year's climb is a free trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
Participants will have a chance to climb with the CHC founders and accomplished amateur climbers Ambrose Bittner, Bill Harrison, Len Kannapell, and Michael Frank. Ambrose is the founder of Red Lantern Journeys and has been an avid climber for 25 years--highlighted by successful expeditions to Patagonia and Mt. Everest. He has summited Mt. Rainier ten times by seven different routes. Bill Harrison has led three expeditions to the Himalaya, including last year's fundraiser to Chulu West, and has extensive mountaineering experience in the Northwest. Michael Frank has climbed Mt. Rainier by six different routes, has a first ascent in Patagonia and, most impressively, summited Mt. Everest in 2005. Len Kannapell has also climbed and trekked in Nepal, but his favorite area to explore is the rugged Olympic Mountains in Washington State. Len has summited Mt. Rainier by an amazing ten different routes. All four are also volunteer mountaineering instructors for the Boeing Employees' Alpine Society's Intermediate Climbing Class.
One hundred percent of the money raised will go to the Mitrata-Nepal Foundation, a US non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, so all donations are tax deductible. Funds raised will help ensure that the children of the Mitrata Orphanage have access to food, shelter, clothing and education in a country where orphans are constantly subjected to the dangers of malnutrition, child labor and prostitution.
To learn more about the Climb for Himalaya Children, visit the Red Lantern Journeys web site, http://www.redlanternjourneys.com, and click on Climb for Himalaya Children. To learn more about how the Mitrata-Nepal Foundation is helping children in Nepal, visit their web site at http://www.mitrata.org.