Honor The Legacy. Climb for a cause.

This intrepid five-day climb is an incredible feat that honors the legacy and memory of Chris Hooyman and his lifelong passion for providing youth outdoor education. We invite you to join us for our 2024 Chris Hooyman Memorial Climb, which will support the YMCA of Greater Seattle’s BOLD & GOLD program. 

Learn more about Chris Hooyman here.

About the Climb

We have space for nine more intrepid mountaineers on this five-day climb of Mount Rainier, the most prominent peak in North America and the most heavily glaciated mountain in the lower 48 United States. You will work as a team as you gain 9,000 feet of elevation to attempt the summit at 14,411 feet, learning technical skills such as how to use an ice axe and crampons in the process. No experience is necessary; all you need is the desire and determination to meet the challenge of the summit while supporting a great cause.

2024 Climb Dates: June 24 - 28

Route: White River to summit via Emmons-Winthrop route in Mount Rainier National Park         

  • Day 1: Glacier Basin
  • Day 2: Emmons Flats
  • Day 3: Snow Skills Seminar 
  • Day 4: Summit Day 
  • Day 5: Hike Out

You'll be supported every step of the way by our dedicated team of volunteers and professional guides. We will share our expertise in fundraising and physical conditioning, and assist you with gearing up for your climb adventure.

group of climbers on Mt. Rainier holding sign that says we remember Chris

This Climb is in loving memory of Chris Hooyman. Proceeds from the 2024 Chris Hooyman Memorial Climb will benefit youth outdoor education and leadership programs through the Chris Hooyman Outdoor Education Fund and the YMCA BOLD & GOLD Programs.

The Chris Hooyman Mount Rainier Climb Core Support Team

Nancy Hooyman, Chris’ Mother & CHOEF Volunteer
Laura Bachmann, CHOEF Volunteer
Erick Matsen, CHOEF Volunteer 
Erica Swanson, CHOEF Volunteer 
Chris Gardner, CHOEF Volunteer
Geoff Eseltine, YMCA Support Staff
Drew Schilson, YMCA Support Staff