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Alan Arnette (BSEE ’79)

– almost. The longtime mountain s of Alzheimer’s disease to the top of world enes awar of age mess his g takin is tte Alan Arne liest mountain in the world. K2 is remote K2, the second highest and second dead climber is attempting to reach the peak of , one has died trying. The climb offers have scaled the northern Pakistan mountain and very steep. For every four climbers who nt and a persistent threat of avalanche. not to mention punishing slopes of 80 perce fewer places to rest than Mount Everest, us for severe storms than can blow to the challenge, and the mountain is famo add n oxyge of lack and de altitu high Extremely ing death, you’re already dead. It’s part of for dealing with fear? “If you live life avoid in without warning. Arnette’s philosophy any extreme sport.” st peak, and has climbed the Seven summited Mount Everest, the world’s highe The Fort Collins, Colo., resident already has Karakoram mountain range as K2. ed Broad Peak, which is part of the same climb has also he K2, for are prep To Summits. exceeds 14,000 feet) and 58 peaks total. Colorado’s “fourteeners” (a mountain that Since January, Arnette has climbed 12 of us vacationer. Arnette reached the National Park than even the most adventuro He has spent more time in Rocky Mountain vement, on his fourth attempt. summit of Mount Everest, his highest achie research. He lost his mother, Ida, his climbing to Alzheimer’s awareness and ate dedic to e desir his by d fuele is on His passi his job at Hewlett Packard and made osed, Arnette took early retirement from to the disease in 2009. After she was diagn the world’s hardest mountain for the who was in a nursing home. “Why not climb numerous trips to Memphis to care for Ida, world’s hardest disease?” asks Arnette. st by the general public and by the ress on Alzheimer’s and the lack of intere prog of lack the with ated frustr me beco He has on the disease. “Alzheimer’s is a cs and latest developments in the research government. He is well-schooled in the politi , while funding for other diseases is “Funding is in the $500 to $600 million range tsunami that will bankrupt us,” Arnette says. years is astronomical. People think of it as will be getting Alzheimer’s in the coming in the billions. The number of people who ” al part of aging, and it’s not; there is no cure. inevitable. Sixty percent think it’s just a norm imer’s and advocating for more vational speaker, sharing his stories of Alzhe a When he’s not climbing, he works as a moti far, Arnette has raised $150,000 toward along with his adventures in climbing. So research and better treatment of patients, . e.com research at AlanArnett and donate to Alzheimer’s awareness and goal of $1 million. You can follow his climb

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