In mid-January, 13-year-old Kendall McGuffey and his father, James, trudged up Quandary Peak in Summit County.
They were out for a day of training in the blustery, rugged, winter conditions. Although the pair didn’t summit the fourteener because of high winds, they saw the trek as another chance to hone their mountaineering skills for a quest that they’ve been on since early 2014.
The McGuffeys have been “Climbing for Carleen” to raise awareness for hepatitis C. Kendall’s mother, Carleen McGuffey, was diagnosed with the disease in 2010. She and her family, which includes four other sons and a daughter, have been on a mission to promote education and testing for the disease.
“We’ve been very involved as a family because it’s affected us as a family,” James McGuffey said.