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To the Top of the World

In the November/December 2007 issue of Prime Magazine, Kay Leclaire was featured in an article by Linn Parish.  The in-depth article discusses LeClaire's dream (now a reality) to conquer the "Seven Summits," - the tallest peak in each continent.  The 4 page article includes beautiful photos of LeClaire's various climbs and interviews with LeClaire and some of her fellow climbers.

Read an excerpt from "To The Top Of The World" by Linn Parish:

The Book and The Dream

Seven Summits is quite an endeavor for anyone.  But consider this: LeClaire went on her first significant climb just seven years ago, summitting Mount Rainier at age 50.

Her interest in the subject, however, started years earlier.

Kay's husband, Jerry bought her a book titled "The Challenge of Rainier: A Record of the Explorations and Ascents, Triumphs and Tragedies," by Dee Molenaar, when their son Andrew was six months old.  Kay quickly read it cover to cover and dreamed of climbing Mount Rainier some day.

Fifteen years later she saw an article in Seattle Magazine about climbing Mount Rainier, and it renewed her interest.  She and Andrew, then 15, signed up for a three-day guided climb that reached the top of Rainier around midnight one June night.

"I was lucky that it was clear that night," LeClaire says. "It was one of the neatest things I'd seen.  I was hooked and wanted to do more and more climbing."