Northwest University alum Josh Hebert, class of 2000, (middle row, third from left) and Robby Hipp, class of 2006, (middle row, far left) recently climbed to the summit of Mt. Rainier with Climb for Captives, a group whose focus is raising awareness and support for the fight against human trafficking. This is the second year they have been involved with Climb for Captives.
Climb for Captives was started in 2008 when a group of climbers decided to join their love of climbing and their passion to fight human trafficking. Their goal was to raise one dollar for every foot of Mt. Rainier climbed, totaling $14,410. They successfully reached the summit and raised over $19,000 to support the work of The Home Foundation, founded by Christian music artist Natalie Grant.
Their goal this year is to raise $40,000 for the International Justice Mission, which will go towards the rescue and aftercare of 18 victims of human trafficking and the prosecution of 34 criminals responsible for the injustice.
When explaining why he climbs, Robby said I endure the hardship of mountaineering and climbing because the journey always produces a discovery of self, a keen awareness that makes life more meaningful, more beautiful. What I lose the weekend we climb, I will value on the other side of the summit more and more. More importantly, as my personal comforts are stripped away for a brief time, its all to free girls enslaved in the sex trade, girls who are not only deprived of every comfort I have, but of all dignity, freedom, and hope.
At 1:10 a.m. on August 15, Climb for Captives began their climb to the summit of Mt. Rainier. After seven and a half hours of climbing across the Ingraham Flats, up the Disappointment Cleaver, traversing a maze of crevasses and snow bridges to the Emmons Glacier, and onward to the crater rim, they successfully reached the summit at 8:40 am.
To read more about the climb, visit http://climbforcaptives.com/.
Posted on Friday, September 18, 2009