Climb for a Cure

Climb for a Cure empowers participants to work together to conquer goals and reach new heights, supporting and encouraging each other along the way, for the event and along their cancer journeys. 

This event is Fight CRC’s largest fundraiser and is led by members of our community of Relentless Champions of Hope. We fight for a cure by raising money that will directly impact research.

May 26-September 4, 2023

Climb for a Cure is Fight CRC’s cornerstone fundraising event. It started in 2016 with a handful of survivors and caregivers climbing a mountain, a metaphor for their fight against colorectal cancer.
Today, it unites hundreds of survivors, caregivers, and loved ones across the country as they get active and raise funds for research.

New for 2023: Climb Season!

The 2023 Climb season is from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Anyone can participate in one of our three featured events in New York, California, and Colorado during the weekend of August 5, or you can host or attend an event in your own community any time during the season!

How to Participate

  • Register for one of our three featured events or to host or attend an event in your community (or do something by yourself)
  • Fundraise or make a donation
  • Share on social media and have fun!

Take a look at our exercise and training resource library for tools and tips from the relentless climber community for tips and ideas to get you moving, whether you’re climbing, walking, running, biking, skating, or swimming.


Registration for the 2023 Climb is now open!

Registration is $45 and covers a registration packet (bib, bib snaps, bandana, and sunscreen) and a $20 donation. A registration packet is not guaranteed to arrive before your event if you register after July 25.

You can register for one of the three featured events or select the Host or Attend an Event option.


  • Bay Area, California on August 6, 2023
  • Buena Vista, Colorado on August 5 and 6, 2023
  • Lake George, New York on August 5, 2023
  • Host your own or attend an event any time from May 26 to September 4

You can attend one of the featured Climb events in California, Colorado, and New York, or you can host or attend one in your community! Not everyone wants to climb a mountain – and you don’t have to. With Climb for a Cure, research funding climbs to new heights, while participants fundraise and get active. You can bike, hike, swim, walk, or do yoga – whatever is comfortable and doable for you.

Featured Climbs: Event Details

Bay Area, CA: August 6

Hosted By
Mary Beth Kropp
Natalie Mologne
Jerianne Gerloff

8:15am: Registration
9am: Climb Begins
12pm: Climb Ends,
Lunch at Quarry Grove

Denver and Buena Vista, CO: August 5-6

Hosted by
Ryan Vieth

August 5
Fun Walk, Cornhole Tournament, and Axe Throwing

August 6
(Buena Vista)
Hike Mount Princeton

Lake George, NY: August 5

Hosted by
Wendy Harpp

8am: Registration
9am: Climb Kick Off
Post-Climb Gathering at Common Roots in South Glen Falls, NY (food, drinks, and raffle!)

How to Host or Attend Your Own Climb Event

There are so many ways to participate in Climb for a Cure! Some ideas are to walk, hike, run, swim, kayak, or rollerblade for a cure. The most important part is you do something that's achievable for you! If you're hosting your own Climb, be sure to create an individual fundraising page, and if you're inviting others to attend, create a team fundraising page, too!

Attending someone else's Climb event? Once you're registered, create your fundraising page and help us fund more breakthrough research for colorectal cancer! Join your team's page so your donations go toward the team goal.


The Climb has become Fight CRC’s largest community fundraiser supporting the Clinical Trial Finder, Path to a Cure Report and Think Tanks, early-age onset colorectal cancer research grants, and so many research programs vital to the colorectal cancer community.

Since Climb for a Cure began in 2016, we’ve raised more than $800,000 to support our Path to a Cure for colorectal cancer, as we work to empower and inform patients while driving policy change and breakthrough research. Thank you for believing in our mission and fighting with us!

We are almost at the $1,000,000 mark! Can you please help us reach and surpass that fundraising goal?

Need help setting up your fundraising page? We’ve got you covered with this helpful video that walks you through creating your fundraising page.

Questions about fundraising for the Climb? Watch a tutorial: How to FUNdraise


Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you! If you’re interested in learning more about Climb for a Cure, send us a message and we'll get back to you with more information. We are always looking for volunteers: host your own event or we can connect you with some local climbers in your area.


The Spot Gym

The Spot will be offering Intro to Climbing orientation clinics in their Denver and Boulder gyms on August 4 from 6:30pm-7:30pm, with $20 of each $30 registration fee being donated to Fight CRC. These clinics are designed to be beginner focused with the goal of helping first-time climbers feel comfortable in bouldering situations, build confidence, and learn basic skills. At the conclusion of the clinics there will be a raffle! Additionally, The Spot will donate $1 from each beer sold in their gyms from July 31 to August 4. Learn more about The Spot gym!

Philadelphia Rock Gyms

Philadelphia Rock Gyms has five locations throughout the Philly area and will donate 10% of Intro Packages sold July 31 to August 6. Learn more about Philadelphia Rock Gyms!

Chris Ganser Climb Scholarship

Selected recipients will have their travel, lodging, and registration costs covered to attend the CA Climb.

The Chris Ganser Climb for a Cure Scholarship is a unique opportunity for two colorectal cancer survivors and one caregiver to attend our Climb for a Cure event in the Bay Area, California. The Chris Ganser Climb for a Cure Scholarship honors and remembers one of Climb’s co-founders and embodies his climbing spirit. It covers recipients’ travel, lodging, and registration costs. Read about the history of the Climb.

Meet last year’s Climb for a Cure Scholarship Recipients!

Climb for a Cure Impact

Climb for a Cure funds vital research grants, programs, and educational resources. To date, more than $800,000 has been raised by Climb for a Cure, and every dollar counts. Help us raise $200,000 this year to push us over the $1 million mark!

Photos from Climb 2022


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