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Sunrise Ascent on Mount Washington

Sunrise Ascent on Mount Washington

August 7, 2016



Meet Martin's Sunrise Ascent Team
Team Captains

Cara Wallem

Jennifer Tracy


Carrie Aubut

Darren Baird

Bradford Berry

Patty Baxter

Gary Biadasz

Martin Bell

Patricia Bell

Greg Cushman

Sharon Davis

Betty Dobbins

Eileen Finn

David Gabriel

Elaine Gabriel

Kim Sara Hilffler

Peter Masterson

Justin May-West

Lara Merullo

Sandy Olney

Steve Reardon

Doug Reid

Jeffrey Stevens

Jacklyn Tracy

John Tracy

Bodo Wallem

Martin Wallem, Jr.

Renate Wallem

Jeremy Ward



Susan Cushman

Sandy Olney

John Tracy, Sr.

Bill Blackwell

George Foley

Tom Duplissis

Blair Coluquon

Tom Day

Gary Biadasz

Kris Dobbins


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Meet Martin

Team Martin

Martin Wallem was a landscaper and an outdoorsman.  He loved to hunt, fish, hike, ski, and snowboard.  About ten years ago, Martin was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Martin became determined to live life as fully as possible despite his devastating and progressive illness.  He is an inspiration to anyone struggling with a life threatening illness and to anyone who has met him or participated in any of the adventures that feed his soul.

Martin is also a family man.  His wife Cara is instrumental in his care and in helping him stay connected to his friends and to the activities that he loves.  His son, Martin Wallem, Jr. is very close to his dad and participates right along with him in skiing and hiking, activities made possible through Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country.  As his wife Cara says, “Martin thrives on these activities, and it is a critical part of his well being and quality of life.”

Martin had a seemingly unimaginable goal of returning to the top of Mount Washington.  In August 2010, Martin was able to realize that goal with the assistance of the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country.  Preparations to reach the 6,288-foot summit began in the middle of the night and the party started out long before sunrise.  Martin’s life support system rested between his legs.  Members of the hiking party took turns acting as Sherpas to guide, push, and pull the Trail Rider, a special piece of adaptive equipment.  Upon reaching the top, Martin was over come with emotion.  He had proved that almost anything is possible through determination, willingness to take risks, and the help of others.  Martin is resolved to make this arduous journey again to the top of Mount Washington as part of the upcoming fundraiser for the organization that has made his dreams possible. 


Please join Martin and his team by supporting the Sunrise Ascent.

Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country                                                     603-823-5232

PO Box 304, Franconia, NH 03580                               

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