Auggies reach Mt. Rainier summit

summitforsobrietyThe following is from an email sent by Andy Thomas and Thomas Chester, two Augsburg College students who climbed Mt. Rainier and raised money to provide assistance for young people seeking treatment for addiction.

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We are proud to announce to everyone who contributed, supported, and carried our message of hope that on July 1, at approximately 7:20 am, we successfully summited Mount Rainier. Thank you to everyone who has helped us reach our goals!

We woke up at 6:30 am Thursday, June 30, loaded our packs and joined our guides as we set off from Paradise at 5600 feet in elevation. It took most of the day, and despite a near white out and bad weather we reached Camp Muir at 10,000 feet at around 4 pm. Continue reading “Auggies reach Mt. Rainier summit”

Going to any lengths for sobriety

summitforsobrietyFor these young men, the story isn’t about getting sober, staying sober, or even about climbing a mountain. It’s about second chances and taking chances.

Tommy Chester and Andy Thomas [left to right] are both first-year students in Augsburg’s StepUP® Program. Both tried to go to college twice and failed miserably they say, and both were scared to go to treatment for their addiction. Today they’re using the second chance they’ve been given to help others, specifically by climbing to the summit of Mt. Rainier. Continue reading “Going to any lengths for sobriety”