The Snow Shoe Club

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Click here to watch mountaineer Jamie Clark's keynote speech at this year's ENA conference...truly an inspirational story!


The Snow Shoe Club has raised over $12,000 in cash and in kind donations for health related charities to date...Thank you for your generosity and support!

Expedition Whitney

On April 4, 2011, Chuck successfully reached the summit of the highest contiguous mountain in the United States, Mount Whitney! This was Chuck's second summit attempt of Mount Whitney as his first attempt resulted in the rescue of another climber.

Many thanks to all of our many friends and family that supported TheSnowShoeClub and the American Cancer Society and making Expedition Whitney a success.

Special Thanks to M.K. and Steve Harshfield, Steve and Suzanne Johnston, the Dr. P. Phillip's Hospital, International Mountain Guides, and the Sierra Mountaineering International. 

Update for Expedition Whitney

Chuck  and  the  other  seven  climbers  from  the  International  Mountain  Guides  climbed  for  5 1/2  hours  up  to approximately  10,500 feet  (Lower Boy Scout Lake)  during  the  first  day  of  the  climb.  After  unpacking  and getting a few bites  of  dinner  down,  a  fellow  climber  reported  a  medical emergency  to  the  guides  and  solicited  Chuck's  medical  assistance.  The  decision  was  clear  that  the  climber  must  descend  and  be  escorted  to the closest emergency room. 

No  radio  or  telephone  communications  were  able  to be established  so  Chuck and  two mountain guides, and the patient  descended Mount Whitney. Good news the climber did well. Difficult news...Chuck's climb was over at that point. "You can never go wrong by the right thing. It was disappointing to descend but it was morally and ethically right decision to help the other climber. The great thing is I can always come back next year." Chuck said.

Even though we were not able to achieve a summit this climb, we still consider this a success in that we were able to raise awareness and support for the American Cancer Society while rendering aide to the fellow climber who needed the medical attention. 

This event is has not concluded...but has only been temporarily been delayed until the next year's Mount Whitney climbing season. Stay Tuned!

Please see the trip report from the International Mountain Guides by clicking here.

Sierra Mountaineering International Trip Report

View Trip Pictures Here

Over  the  past  year  'The Norman Family'  has  sustained  three  significant  blows  from  the  unforgiving  disease  CANCER!!! Elena  recently  lost  her  father  Ernesto  E.  Valadez  after  almost  an  8  year  battle  with  cancer.  An  old  friend and  co-worker  of  Chuck's,  Orange  County  Fire  Rescue  LT.  Mike  Ganley  recently  succumbed  to  his  battle  with  cancer.  And, in July Chuck's  Best  Man  and  long  time  friend  Steve  Mc Elroy  was  diagnosed  with cancer.

With  these  significant  swathes  of  cancer,  The Snow Shoe Club  has  decided  to  collaborate  with  the  American  Cancer Society for our next charity "Climbing for Cancer Cures" to make a positive impact for those with Cancer.

April  1st  -  4th  of  2010  Chuck  will  be  taking  on  the  huge  challenge  of  climbing  America's  highest  peak  in  the Continental  United  States,  Mount  Whitney.  Mount  Whitney  is  located with in  the Sequoia National Forest (CA)  and  stands  at  a formidable 14,495  feet.  Make  your  pledge  today  to  the  American  Cancer  Society and  take  part  in  this meaningful  and  much  needed  support  for CANCER.         

Cancer  is  the  second  leading  cause  of  death  in  the  United  States and is responsible over a half a million deaths each year.  Make  your  pledge  today. If you are having difficulties making your pledge please contact Chuck Norman at

Chuck is paying for all of his own expenses for this climb (airfare, lodging, equipment, guide services and permits) and none of your donation will go towards these expenses. Your donations can be made online or by check to the American Cancer Society and are tax deductible contributions.





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