"...Cotopaxi, at 19,388 feet above sea level. It is one of the world's highest active volcanoes. The group will spend six days acclimating and doing smaller training hikes before traveling to the climbers' hut at 15,744 feet. The next day they will begin their push to the summit at midnight and spend the next eight hours hiking to the top of the glacier, a climb that is not technical but does require a harness, ropes, ice axes and crampons." (read the full story here)
What you can do to help:
The five members of Team Pittsburgh are hoping to raise $50,000 for breast cancer research in honor of the 50,000 women who lost their lives to the disease in the U.S. last year. They still have a long way to go. Donations can be made on their Web site, climbforhope.org and at REI in the South Side Works. They are also having a fundraiser with information as follows:
Where: Mullaney's Harp & Fiddle, Strip District
When: 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14
What: Happy hour and silent auction, with music by Corned Beef and Curry. Bid on a variety of items from restaurant gift certificates to sports memorabilia.