Going for Mt. Everest: Seattle biotech journalist puts passions together

Seattle biotech journalist Luke Timmerman is training for the Climb to Fight Cancer at Mt. Everest. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - Get a glimpse of Luke Timmerman carrying a backpack up and down the Howe Street Stairs in Seattle and you might guess that he’s a mountain climber in training. You'd be correct.

Back in his office a few blocks away, he shows off the photos that prove it.

“So I always try to find that moment when the sunrise is just coming over the horizon,” said Timmerman.

In one photo, the sun peaks above the summit of Aconcagua, one of the World's seven summits.

Timmerman said he’s climbed all of the major peaks in the Cascades plus Denali, the Mexican Volcanoes and others.

But climbing is only his hobby. Timmerman earns his living as a biotech journalist.

“I publish my own newsletter, the Timmerman Report, aimed at biotech executives and investors. It's never a dull moment. Every day I'm learning something new," he explained.

Timmerman said so many experts in the field are right here in his backyard, at the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center among others.

“Seattle is one of the, say top dozen or so hot spots for biotech R&D innovations in the country. There's a long history of excellence in cancer research and immunology in particular,” said Timmerman.

And now he's merging his hobby of climbing with his passion for science, in a huge way.

Now when Timmerman snaps on his large backpack and heads for the stairs, he's training for Mt. Everest with the Climb to Fight Cancer.

Timmerman said, “A lot of the very best work in the world is happening right here at the Fred Hutch so I feel like gosh if I can do some good by giving some money and awareness how cool would that be?"

About as amazing as the stuff he's carrying around in that backpack.

Timmerman opened up the back to reveal a large hard cover of Alaska by James Michener, a large granite rock, more noels and a solid block of granite at the bottom. The backpack now weighs 80 pounds!

He bikes to and from the office, and then hits the stairs at lunchtime, so he’s well on his way to super human fitness and philanthropy.

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