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Freshman to climb Mount Rainier to raise funds for charity serving urban youth

Ryan Wichelns has spent five years trying to reach the summit of all 46 Adirondack mountain peaks greater than 4,000 feet. When he accomplishes the feat this summer, he plans to celebrate by climbing one of the tallest mountains in the Lower 48, Mount Rainier in Washington.

“I’ve always loved being outside -- I’ve been going on family camping trips forever – and I love the physical and mental challenge of hiking and climbing,” said Wichelns, a journalism major from Stillwater, N.Y. “I’ve progressed from hiking to climbing in the Adirondacks and now to wanting to do larger mountains.”

Wichelns is climbing the 14,409-foot Mount Rainier to raise funds for Big City Mountaineers, a Denver-based charity that takes underprivileged...

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