Climb Against the Odds

Since 2003, BCPP’s mountaineering expedition, Climb Against the Odds, has annually welcomed climbers from across the country to summit Mt. Shasta’s 14,179-ft. peak.

Each year, a carefully assembled team of climbers take on Mt. Shasta as a collective effort to prevent breast cancer and as a personal challenge to beat the disease.

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LIVE climber location updates: #CAO2017

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June 21st, 2:40 PM:

Yellow team has made it back to camp! All climbers are safe and sound!!

June 21st, 1:40 PM:

Purple team Sheila Brown, Tim McClintick and Amy Chevalier have made it back safely to base camp!

June 21st, 12:05 PM:

Yellow team, Lisa Neuburg, Laura Passmore, and Lindsey Dal Porto, just reached the summit of Mt. Shasta at 14,179 feet! Congrats, ladies. They’re accompanied and supported by Lauren, Dane, Dr. Nate and Rich from Shasta Mountain Guides.

June 21st, 11:25 AM:

Yellow team is at the base of the summit pinnacle, 14,000 ft., across the plateau…about 200-300 more feet to climb until they reach their summit!!

June 21st, 11:00 AM:

Yellow team made it to the top of Misery Hill. They are now crossing the summit plateau. It’s warm, and there is light wind.

June 21st, 10:25 AM:

Yellow team has traversed to the base of Misery Hill.

June 21st, 10:10 AM:

The remaining climbers are: Lisa Neuburg, Laura Passmore, and Lindsey Dal Porto who are going up with their guide Lauren of Shasta Mountain Guides, the Yellow team.

June 21st, 10 AM:

#CAO17 update: Sheila Brown, Tim McClintick, and Amy Chevalier achieved their personal summit at 13,200 feet and will descend back to base camp. The Talisman was passed from Sheila to Lindsey Dal Porto.

June 21st, 9:40 AM:

Purple team has made it to to top of West Face! Sheila Brown Lisa Neuburg Tim McClintick

June 21st, 9:35 AM:

Laura Passmore has joined Rich, the red tracker, and has made it to West Face, where there are light winds and warm temperatures.

June 21st, 9:30 AM:

Elizabeth Moser has made her personal summit at 12,000 ft. and is heading back down with Dane, the green tracker.

June 21st, 9:10 AM:

The Yellow team had pulled ahead and is leading the pack (Amy Chevalier and Lindsey Dal Porto). They made it to the top of West Face and will be taking a rest.

June 21st, 8:35 AM:

Andrea Shanti and Wendy Wood Young have made it back safely to base camp at Hidden Valley.

June 21st, 8:30 AM:

Mike De La Cruz and Rachel Luthy have completed their personal summits at 12,400 ft. They are descending to base camp with Dane, the green tracker.

Continued climber updates: #CAO2017

June 21st, 8:25 AM:

Yellow team has pulled ahead, leading the pack at 12,700 ft.

June 21st, 8:20 AM:

Tim McClintick has joined the Purple team.

June 21st, 8:15 AM:

At a higher elevation, climbers are moving slower, but going steady. Green team is at 12,600 ft., Purple team 12,300 ft., Yellow team at 12,000 ft.

June 21st, 6:40 AM:

As of 6:30 AM, At 11,330 ft. Andrea Shanti and Wendy Wood Young reached their personal summits. They are descending to base camp with Nick, the Blue tracker.

 June 21st, 6:30 AM:

#CAO17 update: Green team is at 11,500 ft, making an approach to the top of the West Face, Purple team is 200 ft behind them, Blue team is at 11,400 ft., Yellow is at 11, 300 ft.

June 21st, 5:50 AM:

At 11K+ feet here is the status of the teams:
Roped up and traversing the West Face is the Purple team: Sheila Brown, Elizabeth Moser, Lisa Neuburg
Green team: Mike De La Cruz, Laura Passmore, Rachel Luthy
Blue: Andrea Shanti, Tim McClintick, Wendy Wood Young
Yellow: Lindsey Dal Parto, Amy Chevalier

June 21st, 5:30 AM:

The sun is rising and the climbers have made it to 11,000-11,200 ft!

June 21st, 4 AM:

Good morning! Early alpine start for the climbers. Between 2:00 AM and 2:30 AM the teams began leaving Hidden Valley base camp. They are ascending Casaval Gulch and currently at a rest stop.

As of 4 AM, the teams are as follows:
Purple: Sheila Brown, Wendy Young, Tim McClinktick
Blue: Elizbeth Brown, Lisa Neuburg, Andrea Shanti
Green: Mike De La Cruz, Laura Passmore, Rachel Luthy
Yellow: Amy Chevalier, Lindsey Dal Porto

Jose Lopez, made his personal summit at 9,600 ft.

June 20th, 4 PM:

#CAO17 UPDATE: All climbers have made it to base camp at Hidden Valley! Their strength has endured, the mountain has been kind, the journey continues…

June 20th, 10 AM:

Today the #CAO17 team left Bunny Flat Trail at 6,880 ft. and are heading up to base camp, Hidden Valley at around 9,500 ft elevation, where they will camp overnight and then attempt to summit. They are ready to rumble and be welcomed by the mountain! It’s not too late to support our courageous climbers:…/climb-against-the-odds/c104829


By the numbers: Mt. Shasta climbs

  • 13 Climbs
  • 12 climbers will attempt to summit in 2017
  • Nearly 400 climbers have ascended 185,000 vertical feet
  • Over $4.5 million raised for breast cancer prevention

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The route is a three-day climb of Mt. Shasta, guided by Shasta Mountain Guides. We are asked often if mountaineering experience is necessary to join the Climb Against the Odds team. Our answer is NO way! Novice and advanced hikers, trekkers and climbers are all encouraged to apply. We support each climber’s journey to reach their personal summit goal. Bear in mind the physical challenge is significant and should not be taken lightly.


They key to your success as a participant will be your commitment to significant aerobic, strength and flexibility training. We provide you with a 12-week training plan and online training materials. All climbers will attend a one-day beginners’ mountaineering course the day after your arrival in Shasta. In this course, you will learn and practice the use of your ice axe and crampons, extensive self-arrest techniques, and how to climb while roped together in small teams.


Climbing is great. Getting people to support your climb is even better! Team members will raise at least $6,000 in donations for BCPP, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We provide support for all your fundraising efforts with tools, tactics, and education to get you going and help you reach your goal. With effort and determination, almost all of our climbers surpass their fundraising goals.

Love goodies? We do too. With the help of our sponsors, you’ll be gifted around $1500 worth of outdoor gear that you get to keep!

There is a registration fee for the climb which includes: shared lodging (4 nights at resort, 2 nights on the mountain, most meals during the week, snow school, a 3 day fully guided climb including all technical rental gear. The fee does not include transportation to Mt. Shasta, insurance, a sleeping bag or pad.



Travel to Mt. Shasta.


Shasta Guides will lead an all-day Snow School training on the mountain where you will learn basic mountaineering skills. Enjoy a well-deserved Welcome Dinner feast and meet BCPP staff.


Photo shoot and gear check with guides. Evening BBQ at the resort.


Hike to base camp.


Alpine start for summit attempt. Round trip climb is 12-16 hours.


Break camp for return to civilization. Brunch at trail head with families and supporters. Celebration dinner in the evening with the Shasta community.


Climb debrief and brunch before noon departure.

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Climb Against the Odds

BCPP’s annual mountaineering expedition for breast cancer prevention.