What is Ascent on Cancer?

In November 2021, a dedicated group of climbers ascended Mount San Jacinto to raise money for people fighting cancer.

It was the first fundraising effort for founders Kent and Eileen Corley under the name Ascent on Cancer.

Shown above: the 2021 Ascent on Cancer team preparing to climb Mt. San Jacinto.

Why climb the steepest escarpment in the US?

Ascent on Cancer combines Kent and Eileen Corley’s love and passion for hiking and outdoor adventuring with their desire to provide assistance and support to patients and families struggling with a cancer diagnosis.

Cancer can be a herculean disease to manage and afford. With that in mind the Corleys thought they would take on hikes that are representative of the extreme conditions cancer patients face every day. 

Shown to the right: Ascent on Cancer founders, Eileen and Kent Corley.

Kent and Eileen Corley

Towering above Palm Springs California, Mt. San Jacinto is the steepest escarpment in the continental United States and entails nearly 11,000 feet of elevation gain. The Skyline Trail is considered one of the five most challenging day hikes in the country.

The Corleys chose Mt. San Jacinto for the first Ascent on Cancer climb.

Ascent on Cancer in the news

Read the Desert Sun‘s interview with Kent Corley. Corley talks about his inspiration for Ascent on Cancer.