Climbing Mt Moosilauke – with the Kilimanjaro Team

Climbing Mt Moosilauke – with the Kilimanjaro Team

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Climbing Mt Moosilauke – with the Kilimanjaro Team

The Prouty Mountaineering Program
(the first Prouty Challenge Event benefitting Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center)

September 24, 2012

Wes Chapman


Climbers enjoying lunch on the summit of Mt. Moosilauke

The concept at the heart of The Prouty is simple – get people to engage in the outdoors and raise money to fight cancer for our NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. This past Sunday was the first team outing for the gang slated for the December climb of Kilimanjaro – the highest mountain in Africa. After all Audrey Prouty (for whom the event is named) was from Warren, NH – home of Mt. Moosilauke – and I’m sure that she would have whole-heartily approved.

Brad & Ann Taylor lunching at the summit

Cancer is ultimately a disease about people – those fighting the disease, those providing care, and those who have passed on. We conceived the Prouty Mountaineering Program with a very simple premise; honor those people.

Mountains are a very special place – particularly very high mountains. The beauty, the isolation and the simple elevation combine into a unique spiritual experience.

Our thesis in the Prouty Mountaineering Program is really simple – go climb the highest mountains that you can find, get to the top, and honor cancer survivors, care givers and the victims of the disease. On or around December 20th of this year we’ll have a team of 6 mountaineers to the top of Kilimanjaro to do just that.

A friend and climbing partner lost his wife this year to pancreatic cancer, and hers is the first name that I’ll honor at the top of Africa – flying a yellow ribbon from the top of Kilimanjaro – a mountain very much loved (and frequently climbed) by her family. I hope that in some way it helps with the loss.


Hannah Green, Wes Chapman & Betsy Chapman

We were delighted to have Hannah Green come along on the hike with us this weekend. Hannah is a Junior at Northfield Mount Hermon, and has been deeply touched by cancer in a loved one. She helped as an intern at the Prouty this year, and hopes to come along with us next year on the next Kilimanjaro climb. In addition to being a terrific student, Hannah is an accomplished cross country skier, and was merciful to the rest of our hiking team – she waited for us old fogies on the way up and down.

If you have someone that you would like to honor at the top of Kilimanjaro, please let me know who, how you would like them honored, and especially if mountains and natural beauty were important to them – to do this job right, it really helps to know the story (send to If you want to donate directly, please see the Prouty page at

Please make a donation as you see fit – all amounts great and small are really appreciated. Anything that we can do to support people in active treatment we will try to accomplish – signs, poems songs – you name it. Amazingly, there is good cell service on areas of the mountain and we will get photos, audio and video out for the support of patients in active treatment ASAP.

In the meantime, if you would like to come along on a Prouty prep hike, just drop me a line at the email above – we are out almost every weekend, and we really enjoy meeting new climbers.

Remember, it’s all about people.

Adios mount 12

All the Best from Kilimanjaro

Wes Chapman
Written by Wes Chapman

1 Comment responses

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    September 26, 2012

    Take good care of Betsy.