Climb for a Cure 2021

Join us August 22, 2021 as we challenge ourselves to dig deeper and Climb higher. Whether you’re walking the streets of your neighborhood, joining us at a Community Climb, or traveling to Lake Tahoe, we’re excited to have you join us!

Register for the Lake Tahoe Climb and Community Climbs by August 6.

About Climb for a Cure

Each step, drop of sweat, and achy muscle will help fuel cutting-edge research, lifesaving awareness, and relentless advocacy. For many, colorectal cancer is the biggest mountain they will ever face. Fight alongside them by offering hope and inspiration as you climb.

“This climb was a personal best for me. To be part of such a large group, to receive encouragement and camaraderie, it was wonderful. They pushed me further than I would have gone on my own. I am afraid of heights and this climb helped me!”


In 2021, we have 3 ways for you to safely participate: 

Lake Tahoe Climb

Lake Tahoe, CA

The Lake Tahoe event registration is $75. Registration fee includes a Climb packet (t-shirt, buff, bib and more), a pre-Climb dinner, and a group-led Climb. Travel and lodging costs are not included in registration.

We ask that ALL Climb for a Cure participants arrive on August 21 by 2pm to register and attend our annual pre-Climb dinner, which includes a mandatory safety overview.

Lake Tahoe Route Options:

  1. Tram to High Camp then hike to Squaw Peak -- EASY (4 miles round trip) (700’) (2-3 hours)
  1. Tram to High Camp then hike to Granite Chief -- MEDIUM (6 miles round trip) (900’) (2-4 hours)
  1. Base Lodge to Squaw Peak -- HARD (10 miles round trip) (2200’) (4-8 hours)
  1. Base Lodge to Granite Chief peak -- HARDEST (12 miles round trip) (2400’) (5-10 hours)

Lodging Information:

Fight CRC's Main Room Block - The Village at Squaw Valley (Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows)

Our promo rate has expired; however, you can still reserve a room at this location regular rates.

Fight CRC's Overflow Room Block - Squaw Valley Lodge; not under a room block, but a discount has been given.

  • The rate code to book online is FCC21. Enter this to receive the discounted rate when booking online.
  • Attendees can call (800) 979-0552 to reserve rooms and ask for the Fight Colorectal Cancer 2021 Group rates.
  • Three-night minimum
  • Rates are Valid 8/16 – 8/26

Transportation Options: 

Community Climbs

Community Climbs are local hikes led by volunteers at Fight CRC. The Community Climb registration is $25, which includes a Climb packet to be picked up at your Climb location.

Community Climb Locations Include:

  • Marin County, CA -- SOLD OUT
  • Breckenridge, CO
  • Tyro, VA
  • Bozeman, MT
  • Knowlton, NJ
  • East Norriton, PA
  • Burnsville, NC
  • Springfield, MO

Meet Our Community Climb Hosts

Community Climb Details

Marin County, CA: Mt. Tamalpais


Marin County, CA 94941

  • Start time: 8am
  • 5 hours of hiking at Mt. Tamalpais
  • An 8-mile trek with less-demanding trail options as short as 1 mile
  • On-site parking and restrooms
  • Climb packet complete with apparel, merchandise, and more
  • Communication with Mary Beth Kropp and Joshua Gerloff leading up to the Climb
Breckenridge, CO: Bald Mountain

Breckenridge, CO 80424

Difficulty: Moderate


  • Saturday, August 21
    • 6:30-7:30pm: Climb Logistics and Safety Meeting at Carter Park & Pavilion
      • 300 S. High Street, Breckenridge, CO 80424
    • Weather alternate: Breckenridge Brewery
      • 600 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424
  • Sunday, August 22 (Climb Day)
    • 6am: Meet at Bald Mountain trailhead via city bus or car (limited parking; use city bus or carpool)
    • 6:30am: Climb begins! Estimated time: 7 hours


  • A moderate, 10.3-mile trek with options to cut your hike short
  • On-site parking
  • No on-site water stations or restrooms
  • Climb packet complete with apparel, merchandise, and more
  • Communication with Evan Conant leading up to the Climb

It may be necessary to reserve lodging for this Climb. There are many resort, hotel, or private residence options in the town of Breckenridge.

Tyro, VA: The Priest Hike

Tyro, VA 22976

Difficulty: Moderate
  • Start time: 9am
  • 3 hours of hiking The Priest
  • A 4-mile trek with the opportunity to continue 1.5 miles to the final summit
  • On-site parking
  • No on-site restrooms or water stations
  • Climb packet complete with apparel, merchandise, and more
  • Communication with Dwayne Coleman leading up to the Climb
Bozeman, MT: Drinking Horse Mountain

Bridger Canyon Road, Bozeman, MT 59715

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Start time: 10am 
  • 2 hours of hiking Drinking Horse Mountain
  • A 2.5-mile trek with a harder uphill portion or easier uphill portion
  • On-site parking and restrooms
  • No on-site water stations
  • Climb packet complete with apparel, merchandise, and more
  • Communication with Michael Coleman leading up to the Climb
Knowlton, NJ: Mt. Tammany

Chateau Resort & Conference Center: 425 Camelback Rd. Tannersville, PA 18372

Mt. Tammany: Delaware Water Gap, National Rec. Area I-80 W, Columbiana, NJ 07832

Difficulty: Moderate

Due to permit restrictions, this hike is capped at 30 people.

  • Saturday, August 21
      • 6:30pm: Pre-Climb get together in the Chateau Resort Conference Room with beverages and pizza. 
      • Rooms at the resort cost $160 when you mention Fight CRC. 
      • There are no camping options available nearby.
  • Sunday August 22 (Climb Day)
    • 8am: Meet in the parking lot of Chateau Resort
    • Caravan down to the trailhead or meet at Mt. Tammany no later than 9am. 
    • 9am: Climb begins! Estimated time: 2.5 hours.

Please contact Chad and Sheila Schrack for more information and/or questions: 

Sheila Schrack: 419.651.6018

Chad Schrack: 419.606.1575

East Norriton, PA: Einstein Medical Center Montgomery

559 W Germantown Pike, East Norriton, PA 19403

Difficulty: Easy
  • Start time: 12pm
  • Climb Sessions on Rock Climbing Walls
  • Yoga in the Park
  • Pull Up Challenge
  • Vendor Village made possible by:
    • Gyms, studios, and local health & wellness organizations
    • Medical, mental health, and screening resources
    • Outdoor recreation retailers

Masks are required at this Community Climb.

Burnsville, NC: Deep Gap Trail in Mount Mitchell State Park

Burnsville, NC 28714

Difficulty: Moderate
  • Start time: 9am
  • 4 hours of hiking the Deep Gap Trail
  • An 8-mile trek with shorter trail options available
  • On-site parking and restrooms
  • No on-site water stations
  • Climb packet complete with apparel, merchandise, and more
  • Communication with Joe Bullock and Jacob Singleton leading up to the Climb
Springfield, MO: Frisco Highline Trail

107 E Jackson St, Willard, MO 65781

Difficulty: Easy
  • Start time: 9am
  • Walk the Frisco Highline Trail
  • A 5-mile walking trail with opportunities to reduce or extend
  • On-site parking and restrooms
  • No on-site water stations
  • Climb packet complete with apparel, merchandise, and more
  • Communication with Erin Quiko leading up to the Climb

Create Your Own Climb

Create your own Climb is a free option available to individuals and/or groups who want to participate from home. Participants will choose how they want to participate (hike, walk, jog, swim or another form of physical activity) as well as where (neighborhood, city park, nearby trails). Climb packets are not included with your registration. You can purchase one here!

Scholarship Opportunity

The scholarship application is now CLOSED for the 2021 Climb.

The Chris Ganser Climb for a Cure Scholarship is a unique opportunity for two colorectal cancer survivors to attend our Climb for a Cure event in Lake Tahoe, and honors the late Chris Ganser, a colorectal cancer fighter and co-founder of the Climb. We’re looking for relentless champions of hope to apply and help carry on Chris’ legacy on August 22 and for years to come. 


As a scholarship recipient, you’ll:

  • Share your story and inspire others
  • Be highlighted on Fight CRC’s website and social media
  • Receive a free Climb Packet with climbing gear
  • Attend the 2021 Climb in Lake Tahoe, CA with travel and lodging expenses covered by Fight CRC!

History of the Climb

Two of the three founders of the Climb; Chris Ganser (middle) and Brian Threlkheld (right)

In 2016, 19 people came together to ascend Longs Peak near Denver, Colorado, for the first Climb for a Cure. Led by visionaries and longtime advocates - Chad Schrack, Brian Threlkeld and Chris Ganser - the three friends saw the literal climb as a way to inspire those facing the proverbial mountain of cancer. For five years, the event has continued to grow.

In 2020, COVID-19 threatened the Climb, but our relentless champions didn’t stop. Taking the Climb virtual, more than 900 advocates came together to get moving and push themselves. From all over the country, climbers came together to take more than 1 million steps for the 1 million colorectal cancer survivors, and they added to the collective total of $447,000 raised through the Climb. 

The 2021 event will take us even closer to our goal of raising funds for cutting-edge research and encouraging advocates to join us on the path to a cure.

Photos from Past Climbs

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