Climbing The Twin Mountains with the Kilimanjaro Team

Climbing The Twin Mountains with the Kilimanjaro Team

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Climbing The Twin Mountains – with the Kilimanjaro Team

North Twin Mt (4,761ft), South Twin Mt. (4,902ft), Galehead Hut, 14 miles

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

October 8, 2012

Wes Chapman


Liz (in red jacket) supervising Rick Morse and Pete crossing the Little River

Ted (in red jacket) learns the art of stream crossing from Masters

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 the gang slated for the December climb of Kilimanjaro – the highest mountain in Africa – took on the Twin Mountains in the White Mountains. Joining us on this hike were Dr. Richard Morse, Pete Volanakis, Jill Rogers (a Kilimanjaro veteran), and three big dogs.

Our route took us up the Twin Mountain Trails, across the ridge to the Galehead Hut, and then down the Gale River Trail. This was a long day and very good training for the last day on Kilimanjaro – which involves 4,000 feet of climbing, 9,000 feet of descent, and 18 hours on your feet. The weather held, and the mountains were full of fellow climbers getting out over the Columbus Day weekend.


Jill Rogers on North Twin


Nancy Pond tucked between the peaks

Galehead Hut, Owl’s Head and the Franconia Brook Valley

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.

We continue the yellow ribbon campaign on this hike with ribbons for Audrey Prouty – the inspiration for this event. We’ll gradually be working more yellow ribbons from supporters into photos over the course of the fall training hikes.

Pete Volanakis on the Twin Mountains

Pete, Jill Rogers and Wes Chapman on the Twin Mountains

Rick Morse on the Summit of South Twin

Franconia Ridge and Garfield from the Twin Mountains

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.

Liz, Ted and Brewer at the Galehead Hut

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.

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All the Best from Kilimanjaro

Wes Chapman
Written by Wes Chapman

3 Comment responses

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    October 08, 2012

    What a wonderful post, Wes! Hey to Jill, Rick and Pete-
    What a beautiful state we live in! jean


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    October 08, 2012

    I missed your spot this weekend.
    Looks like a wonderful weekend.
    Johnny G. visited us with a nurse friend, Susan who climbed Kili last year.


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    October 08, 2012

    Hey Wes, Great pics. Sorry to miss such a nice weekend. Looks like a good time was had by all!