A first for Fred Hutch on Mount Everest

(Photo: Ben Jones, Alpine Ascents)

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Luke Timmerman may not be the first to scale the world's tallest mountain, but he IS the first to do it in Fred Hutchinson's name.

The climbing bug "bit" long ago for Timmerman, who often climbed local peaks with friends for fun. Those first climbs included Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, and Mount Hood.

“It wasn’t until about 2013 that we got around to our first, really ambitious climb, which was Denali,” Timmerman recalls.

After that, Luke says Mount Everest would come up in conversation, but he just wasn't ready. He wanted to have a reason. A good reason.

“I’ve been writing about cancer developments for the last 15 years,” Timmerman tells KOMO. “Last summer, I realized that I was actually in position to climb Mount Everest. But I wanted to connect it to a cause.”

On May 21st, 2018, Luke Timmerman became the first to summit Everest as part of the Fred Hutch's "Climb to Fight Cancer." Click on the photo above to hear about the rest of his adventure.

Luke is still raising funds for the Fred Hutchinson. To donate and see pictures of his adventure click here.

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