of the North Country​

Sunrise Ascent on

Mount Washington 2014

Meet Martin's Sunrise Ascent Team

Meet Martin (Click here to visit his Fundraising Page​​)

Team Martin

Team Captains - Jennifer Tracy and Cara Wallem



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.

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