My capstone is complete. Two days ago, on June 23rd, my uncle took me to the base of Mt. Rainier, where we changed into our warm leggings and parkas and began the 5 mile long journey to Camp Muir (elevation 10,000 feet) at around 9:00 am. The weather was miserable, cold and rainy, but we left with high hopes that clear weather and sunshine and would come. At about 7000 feet, the rain turned to snow, and we found ourselves in a whiteout. We continued on up the mountain for another 2 hours until we reached Camp Muir at around 3:00 pm. The supposed 4 hour trek ended up taking us 6 hours due to nasty weather conditions. We were tired, cold, and soaked to the bone upon our arrival at Camp Muir. The team debated on a summit attempt at midnight that night, and finally decided on choosing to hike another day rather than risking our lives to climb to the summit. So, at 7:30 am on the 24th, we left Camp Muir and hiked down the mountain. The highest point we reached was 10,008 feet, which is still a very remarkable achievement! So I thank you all for your support in the Peak for Parker fundraiser and I look forward to letting you all know the final amount of money raised.
Hey guys! Thank you all so much for your support in making the Peak for Parker night Tuesday night a success! I could not have done it without all of you! I haven’t counted up the money yet, but I will let you know as soon as possible how much we raised. Also, if you did not buy a t-shirt (maybe because I didn’t have your size) but you still want to, visit http://campaign.customink.com/thepeakforparker to buy one! They have every size imaginable so shirts will fit those of any size. Also, they will ship it directly to YOU. However, because the company making the t-shirts will distribute all shirts at once in a giant bulk order, you will not receive the shirts until around the beginning of July. I have tried to possibly change this, but it is the easiest way for them.
Again, thank you all so much for making Tuesday night a success! I am truly blessed to have all of you in my life with giving hearts.
This past weekend, I had the pleasure to head out with my good friend, Quillen, and the rest of Boy Scout Troop 179 into the wilderness. We went on a short 5 mile backpacking trip that involved one overnight stay in the middle of the woods. It was during this time that I finally got to test out my North Face Terra 65 backpack. All the supplies that I brought fit very well in my pack and I had much room to spare. I never got a chance to weigh it, but I would estimate that the pack weighed around 50-60lbs. Despite the weight, it still felt very comfortable on my back. The night was very cold (I think the lowest temperature it reached was about 27 degrees) but, fortunately, I packed prepared for a cold night. I pretty much wore my heavy coat and outer-shell to bed. It may have looked funny, but it was definitely cozy. Dinner was fantastic. We used Quillen’s mini stove and brought along rice and beans, and sausage to cook in his little pot. When all of that is placed inside a Panera bread bowl, the end result is the best dinner I have ever had out on a backpacking/camping trip. Overall, I would say the trip was a success. My trial run for my backpack was successful, and I would say that my stamina is right where it needs to be to efficiently do a short backpacking trip.
Quillen and I
Our Little Tent
Today, Parker and I had the privilege to meet with WVLT’s Michelle Silva. I told my story behind the whole Peak for Parker fundraiser, and Parker told Ms. Silva what he thought about me and the climb. Tears were shed by everyone during this interview, and I have come to realize what a truly amazing situation I have found myself in. God’s will and plan for my life and for Parker’s is amazing.
WVLT interview with Michelle Silva, Parker, and I
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I just got back from the bank after trying to set up some sort of bank account into which donations/pledge money will be collected. It turns out that in my case, in order to set up this account, I will have to fill out a lot of paperwork and forms and wait for the Tennessee State government to reply with a confirmation notice that will take who knows how long! I was planning to get the whole donation/pledge process all set up by Monday, January 28th, but obviously, this will not be the case. So, bear with me as we fight through all of this. Keep the Peak for Parker in your prayers!
At the bank waiting to be helped.
Hey guys! Thank you for checking out my website. I really appreciate your interest in what I am doing for Parker and his family. This website is currently under construction and is not quite complete at the moment. It should be all set up by Monday, January 28, 2013.
– Chris Patti