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Big Expedition Ends Peak 8290 Attempt 500 Feet From the Summit
Date:6/23/2008

The metaphor for cancer research is complete. There are more unclimbed

mountains to challenge.

SEATTLE, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Late on Saturday, the team of four mountaineers on the Big Expedition for Cancer Research determined that they had reached the safe limits of their attempt to climb one of Alaska's unclimbed peaks. For 9 hours, they battled unstable snow, ice and rock to move within 500 vertical feet of the summit of Peak 8290 in Glacier Bay's Fairweather Range. The two rope teams huddled at the high point and called an end to their attempt of the unclimbed mountain in the inaugural Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Big Expedition.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080616/AQM157)

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center initiated this project to bring the broad general public a new awareness of the long and difficult road we are on to find a cure for cancer.

Lee Hartwell, president and director of the Hutchinson Center, when receiving the news said, "The climbers are to be congratulated for going so far under trying conditions but especially for putting safety first. It is a true reflection of a principle that governs the research we do in each of our clinical trials. We are proud of the team for their successful challenge of this unclimbed mountain."

"Extremely hazardous" were the first two words out of 32 year old (Matt) Farmer's mouth when he made the sat phone call back from base camp to the Big Expedition's Seattle Communications Center. "We gave this mountain everything we had within the boundaries of safe, rational mountaineering standards. Sometimes the mountain sets the limits and we have to accept them," he said.

The team had been battling deteriorating weather conditions for three days. After establishing their 5100-foot base camp at the end of the week, they spent a day carry
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