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 Mount Aconcagua: The climb for prostate cancer

Dispatch from the mountain: The mountains, like the sea, are unpredictable. However, I think the group was an exceptional group of people I was proud to hike with. The climb was in the true spirit of the PCC. We left the parking lot at Whitney Portal early Friday morning and started the long climb to Trail Camp. Everyone arrived to high camp in great spirits. All were tired from the 7+ mile 4,000' push, but all were healthy and happy upon arrival. We set up camp and prepared for a 2am summit attempt to try and arrive at the summit in time to watch the sunrise. The 12,000' high camp made the night sleeping hard and Michele Weyman had a reaction to the meal she ate and woke up with a stomach sickness and vomited. She ate some oatmeal and set out with the team at 2am in an attempt to make the summit. Michele's stomach was getting worse and with her vomiting I did not want her to push on for fear of dehydration and further sickness. So, we turned around an hour into the summit climb and made plans for her to descend. Due to Michelle Caperellis unselfish friendship, she decided to turn around at the top of the switch backs (less than 3 miles from the summit) after a stellar performance to join her sick friend and assist in the descent. There is no doubt in my mind Caperelli would have been standing on the summit if she had not turned around. This unselfish act rang the true heart of the Prostate Cancer Climb. On Aconcagua, several people turned around early to assist others for its "not the summit but the true experiences on the mountain that count." My heartful congrats also go out to Team Members: Gregg Swanson, Diane Lee, John Wieland and Lynda Lee for their conquest of the mountain when they stood atop the highest peak in the lower forty-eight on Saturday morning (10-13-01). It was a long day for all, but one that will never be forgotten. Thanks to all of you for a truly memorable and wonderful weekend. I thank all the sponsors for their support and for allowing us to keep on trekking for Prostate Cancer Awareness.

Dr. Terry Weyman
Prostate Cancer Climb, Founder
Hap Weyman Memorial Climb

Mount Aconcagua: The climb for prostate cancer: Below....

Update 2/26/2001: Summit

Thank you all for your excitement and questions regarding the next Prostate Cancer Climb. The response is overwhelming and exciting. More and more each day I get e-mails from people wanting to know when the next climb will be. This is the best I can tell you. We are still wrapping up this past climb. We have so much to do with print ads, media, editing and selling the film, writing the book while the trip is still fresh in our minds, organizing trips to different state capitals and hosting a final dinner celebration. 

Our goal is to produce one to two climbs a year. Detail are not set yet and still need to be worked out. We would like to put on climbs that everyone can do. Fathers and sons, mothers and grandparents. One of the summit team members, Justin Lukasavige has a guide service and he will be putting on a climb in August for the Prostate Cancer Climb. The trip they considering will probably be a 7-9 day trip in the south west of CO. It will most likely include a 2 day hike in and a chance to summit 4 14,000'+ peaks. There may be another weekend trip also. As far as next year that is to be determined. When a climb is put together
the details will be mailed out to this list for any interested trekkers. 

Thank you so much for your continued support and we are still taking donations for this climb through the end of the year. Our goal is still, to
top ONE MILLION DOLLARS. Please continue to spread the word and ask your friends to support us. 

Dr. Terry Weyman
Prostate Cancer Climb, Expedition Leader
Hap Weyman Memorial Climb

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Expedition Summary: Greetings - Buenos Dias

What a trip! The expedition broke all of our expectations! We set out with a few goals in mind. Goals of getting men together to discuss and educate the public, climbing community, the world and each other on the issues of Prostate Cancer. We came to the mountain to let it teach us about ourselves and of each other. All were accomplished! We broke a couple of records in the process too and several heroes emerged from the dust of that dry mountain. 

As the expedition leader can I say how proud I was to be a part of this
magnificent event and to thank all of you who were apart of this great beginning. We have started a spark that began to flame in Argentina and I hope the flame burns brighter with each day and year that follows. Many of you followed our journey, thanks to GlobalStar Sat phones. You saw and heard the tone of the trip change and felt the excitement in our voices as we learned, experienced and pushed on. There are some highlights that I feel that I need to share with all of you who have followed this journey from a thought in Africa to the summit of the highest mountain in the western hemisphere. 

1. All the corporate sponsors who signed on for our expedition, (we were the best dressed on the mountain.) More importantly, it gave us hope and encouragement that there were corporations who believed in our cause and before any media attention came upon us. It showed us that these people believed in our efforts long before anyone else did. We humbly thank all of you and hope that our efforts show our appreciation and you all become a permanent fixture of the prostate cancer climbs in the future. 

2.  Bob Each. He was the true hero of the summit team. He not only educated us on the effects of active prostate cancer but he also went out of his way to educate climbers on the mountain from around the world. It was brought to our attention that there were people back in the states wondering why we only had one prostate cancer patient on the summit team. What people don't understand is that with Prostate Cancers treatment, a man is robbed of his main ingredient, Testosterone. Another side effect is severe anemia. With these two conditions physical activity is severely limited especially up in altitude. Due to the conditions, activity and weather, Bob was unable to take some of his medication. Yet this man went higher than any man has ever gone with Prostate Cancer, higher than 16,000'!!! [Anyone know of anyone who has went higher with Prostate Cancer ?] There were a few men around him wanting to quit but then they looked at Bob and dug a little deeper and kept going. Bob explained that Prostate Cancer robbed him of his "manhood" and he has felt like a shell of a man since. The fact was I could not find anyone with active PC that had the strength both physically or mentally to do this climb safely. Bob was the only one who wanted the chance and boy did he prove that a true man has nothing to do with testosterone but what's in his heart. Bob has a heart bigger than Aconcagua! We talked, we cried, we laughed and we had the adventure of our lives. The only reason he went down was he was having difficulty sleeping and was ready to go down. He left behind memories that will be with us forever. Honor him and do what he wishes, go get tested!! 

3.  The other hero on this climb was a member of the trekking team. Bob Butler from Texas. Bob was the oldest person we know of to ever set foot in Basecamp. At 75 Bob showed us his love for his fellow man and put one foot in front of the other. He showed up in Argentina with a foot injury, he was ordered a horse to carry him to Basecamp. In true Texas style he showed up to the trail head, refused the horse, took off his walking cast and put one foot in front of the other and walked the three days, 4 thousand vertical feet, 25+ miles unassisted. He never complained and always had a smile on his face. One of the guides remarked that he has seen hundreds of remarkable athletes in his life but Bob is on the top of the list as the most inspirational and remarkable. 

4.  Then there was Murray Swindel who was dealing with the complications of this disease, yet always had something positive to say. Jim Cozad and Ken Malik who are survivors and through their stories and education inspired us all. 

5.  Seeing all these men who did not know each other gather from around the country for one task, to get men to talk about "their" disease. I remember looking at all of them coming down from camp 1 thinking "these men believed in my idea, yet they have taken it farther than I could have ever hoped". No one argued, no one complained, everyone got along as if they were long lost brothers. Everyone broke their personal altitude record and everyone loved their fellow man! Amazing! 

6.  Seeing the banners fly and all 200+ blue ribbons flying in the wind with names of men from around the world on them. It brought tears to many eyes and inspired many others. 

7.  Perfect weather for the entire trip. We had heavy winds on summit day but other than that, absolutely perfect weather. God was definitely watching over us!

8. We shot 58+ hours of the most incredible film we could have hoped for. We got stories of survival, hardship, love and compassion and fight. Mike Weintz and his incredible film crew of Blue Nelson, Paulo Castillo, Tom Taplin and Dan Windom. These men did such an amazing story of capturing "life on the mountain". They were compassionate and had an incredible eye. I can't wait to see the edited footage. They were true masters and because of them our story of Prostate Cancer will be told. Dr. Tom Hyde who at the very last minute stepped forward to act as the expedition photographer shot more than 1,100 images on the mountain. He caught the true stories and was a true hero to come forward and take on the responsibility. What a true friend! 

9. John Loesing and Sean Mauer. These men are true writers and captured amazing moments in words. These two will make sure these heroes stories are told time and time again in their newspaper articles and the book that is being written on this expedition. It was such a pleasure to be in their company. 

10. I will never forget my personal accomplishment of the summit. I kept saying that the true purpose of this trip was the mountain and not the summit. There were so many strong men on this trip. I was the lucky one the mountain allowed to the top. I was blessed to be accompanied to the top by a guide who was beyond the word strong. Ben Marshall was one of the strongest high altitude men I have ever met. It was an honor to stand on the summit with him. When I reached the top, I knelt by the cross and said a prayer to my Father, kissed the cross and blessed God for allowing me to be there. Took pictures flying the PC banner, Memorial flags for My Dad, Laura Evans, a flag to honor Bob Each and Harry Pinchot who inspired me to the top, a picture of my son and family. I then took out a blue ribbon that Bob Each had carried in honor of my Dad and laid it at the base of the cross and placed a rock on the top and left it on the top of the Americas. This was definitely a highlight in my climbing career. 

11. Seeing everyone join together at camp 1 to walk down to Basecamp together. By the time we left the mountain, everyone on it knew of the "Prostate Cancer Climb." People in Mendoza, Argentina knew about the climb. We made it in Argentina newspapers and on TV. The momentum that began a year ago is growing stronger. We will continue with Prostate Cancer Climbs. We will let you know the future as it unfolds. We will have pictures up on the web with in a few months and we will let you know the status of the film and book. Please keep spreading the word of our efforts and send people to our site so they can relive the climb through the dispatches. We will be collecting donations through the end of the year. We would not have had the success we did if it weren't for all of your well wishes, donations and prayers.  God bless and thank you so much. 

Dr. Terry Weyman
Prostate Cancer Climb, Expedition Leader
Hap Weyman Memorial Climb

Audio Dispatches from Prostate Cancer Climb Team
On Route to the Summit of Mt. Aconcagua, Mendoza, Argentina Archived Dispatches

Update 1/11/2001: Our journalist asked us to come up with some last thoughts as we prepare to embark on our journey to South America to climb Aconcagua. Thoughts. This entire expedition started with a single thought and grew. A thought of honoring my father by doing something to wake men up and hopefully save a life or two. A thought of wanting to learn more about this disease so I can avoid succumbing to its wrath. You see, today is the day my Dad died, 11 years ago. It reminds me of why this expedition is happening and why 26 of us are heading to a mountain. 

So many thoughts swirl in my head as I reflect upon this past year and a half. I have been slammed down only to be later lifted high. I have been criticized then later praised. I have had doors slammed in my face to be later opened in wonder and appreciation. I have seen men who once ran great companies, now affected by this disease, loose the fight and confidence to step forward and take a chance. I have seen organizations who should be on the same page, working together to fight a common goal, arguing over trivial matters and egos. My thoughts are this disease is winning and we at times are beating ourselves while it sits back and watches. 

I am just one man, who had a vision. A vision to step up and say "enough is enough". My parents taught me to never give up. Failure is just the other side of success. To make a difference you can either talk about it or do something about it. To quote my wife's favorite band, Bon Jovi, "I want to live while I'm alive". That is why we are going up a mountain, to live and celebrate life. 

I have many thoughts on this climb. As many of you know we never received any large corporate funding or underwriting. My family, my friends and myself funded Eighty percent of this expedition. We believed in the cause and wanted the news to get out and the stories told. We were told we could never pull this off in a year, yet we are still here and going strong. My thought on that? AWESOME. This climb has brought my family closer and made us stronger. 

Pride is another thought that lashes out in my brain. I am so proud of the supporters, the friends, the team members and the sponsors. For these people have taken a single thought, a vision, and turned it into reality. I know there are men out there that are getting tested as a result of our efforts. I know there are researchers out there that are working hard at a cure because of the waves we are making. I have seen friends talking to other friends about Prostate Cancer, when a year ago it would never even have entered their conscious mind. My Dream was to see men bind together for a cause that is close to us, my Vision is to see this movement grow until the disease has been eradicated. 

This is a big mountain. We will suffer on this mountain. Those are facts. Our suffering will be in vain if after we come off the mountain the momentum we have started stops. This expedition is not about reaching the highest point in the western hemisphere (as an athlete this is a goal). It's about getting a bunch of guys together, to open up, to join forces, and to share their thoughts about Prostate Cancer. I hope we give courage to the courage less, give strength and hope to the weak and we inspire others to carry our torches and to continue the trek that we are initiating.  

God Bless all of you and thank you for believing in me.

Dr. Terry Weyman
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Phillippians 4:13 

Updates: For those in Southern Cal, we will be on the Radio tomorrow. They are doing a phone interview with me to help spread the word about our climb. I will be on 790am KABC at 7:05 am. 
Dr.Terry Weyman
Prostate Cancer Climb, Expedition Leader

I hope all of you have had a great new years and the 2001 is off to a great start. As some of you may have seen, we were in the LA Times on New Years Day. They ran a large article in several editions and the response has been fantastic! Phones are ringing off the hook, the website is getting massive hits and we are getting asked to do radio interviews and speak for different clubs across the state. The purpose of the article was to get the word out about the climb and make people aware of what we are doing, I think it did that. We want to get men aware of what Prostate Cancer is and that there are a group of men doing something about it. What a way to start the New Years!  Make sure you book mark either our site or www.everestnews.com for dispatches from the mountain. They should begin around the 17th of Jan. We will be sending messages, thanks to Global Star, from the mountain to our website. Hear and read first hand on how we all are doing! God Bless you all and Thank you for your continued support!
Dr.Terry Weyman
Prostate Cancer Climb, Expedition Leader

Background Below:

In early 2001, a group of men dedicated to fighting prostate cancer will climb Mount Aconcagua, one of the highest peaks in the world. Located in Mendoza, Argentina, Mount Aconcagua rises 7,000 meters above sea level and offers climbers breathtaking beauty as well as serious climbing challenges.

Nine climbers and 12 trekkers will scale the mountain. All of them have been personally touched by prostate cancer. A few are prostate cancer survivors. Many have close friends or relatives in treatment for the disease. Several have lost loved ones to prostate cancer. All of them are "amateur" climbers - and are spending this year getting ready for this physically taxing challenge. The climb will take almost three weeks, and will be professionally led by SUMMITS Adventure Travel, a premier leader in the climbing industry.

The Prostate Cancer Climb is the inspiration of Dr. Terry Weyman, who lost his father to prostate cancer 10 years ago. The project is primarily a volunteer effort, and is affiliated with the Prostate Cancer Research Institute in order to provide the structure, accountability and recommendations on allocation of funding necessary for success.

Each climber will raise money to cover their individual costs for the climb, approximately $5,000 each. They will also solicit pledges for the “Prostate Cancer Climb” fund. Corporate, community and individual pledges are also being solicited to help reach our goal of raising $1,000,000 to help fight prostate cancer.

This is a low-overhead project, with the primary goal being to raise $1 million to benefit prostate cancer research and public education. The overall budget of the Prostate Cancer Climb is $1.3 million. It will take approximately $300,000 to produce the climb (inclusive of climbers' costs) and the remaining $1 million is the amount that will be donated to research and education about prostate cancer.

Proceeds of the Prostate Cancer Climb will go exclusively to funding education and research. No portion of the proceeds will be designated for operating or administrative expenses. Distribution of the Hap Weyman Memorial Prostate Cancer Project Fund will be determined by the Independent Educational Research Funding Committee (IERFC).

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