Seven-year Burien resident Carol Roll has spent the last 10 days outside Mexico City climbing two of North Americaâ€™s tallest mountains – Iztaccihuatl (17,343 ft) and El Pico de Orizaba (18,490 ft). Her team of 10 climbers was successful in summitting both peaks on Oct. 27 and Nov. 1. Roll and her the team of climbers first attempted Izta â€“ also known as â€œThe Sleeping Ladyâ€ â€“ Mexicoâ€™s third tallest peak. While a straightforward route to the summit via the â€œRidge of the Sunâ€ route, the altitude adjustment was challenging for all the climbers. At the summit they were greeted with views of a small eruption from the nearby “Popo” volcano (PopocatÃ©petl). El Pico de Orizaba was the teamâ€™s next target via the Jamapa glacier/Espinosa route. They faced steep and icy slopes but a good weather window allowed them to reach the volcanoesâ€™ summit. Orizaba is the tallest volcano in all of North America and the 3rd tallest mountain in North America. Roll trained for the climbs at Burienâ€™s Highline Athletic Club. She also enjoyed local training hikes to nearby Granite Mountain, Camp Muir and the Tiger Mountain Cable Line Trail to get in top shape and prepare for the climb. This is Rollâ€™s 7th time climbing mountains for Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centerâ€™s Climb to Fight Breast Cancer. In the past she has climbed Rainier, Shasta and Kilimanjaro to support breast cancer research. This year, she raised over $9,000 this year to fund breast cancer research at the Hutch. Here’s a video recap of her climb: [youtube]http://youtu.be/-T6oLzgKhnI[/youtube] And some photos: To find out more about her adventure visit http://getinvolved.fhcrc.org/goto/carolroll To read our previous stories about Carol’s previous climbing exploits, click here.]]>
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