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Follow Aaron on Instagram to keep up with his training as he prepares for this challenge.

What is the 29029 Challenge?

Aaron Rittenour is a local athlete from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, with a passion for helping people who may be struggling with mental health.  After losing a close friend to suicide two years ago and then, recently losing an uncle to the same unfortunate fate. He started asking himself what he could do to help others who may be struggling with the same issues.  This question took him on a journey to discover Northern Idaho Crisis Center.  That is when Aaron realized that he could play a role in bringing awareness to mental health, along with raising money for this local organization.  Together, along with the crisis center, Aaron launched the 29029 challenge.  The plan, to climb the equivalent elevation of Mt. Everest from sea level at Canfield Mt. on June 9. Aaron is an avid mountain climber and mountaineer.  He has walked 1300 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail that runs from the border of Mexico to Canada.  He also climbs mountains such as Mount Rainier in Washington and Mount Hood in Oregon.  Out of the many athletic endeavors Aaron has faced, he still says this challenge will be one of the hardest he has ever faced.  With 29,029 ft of elevation gain this challenge really is one of a kind.


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Northern Idaho Crisis Center

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The Northern Idaho Crisis Center is a non-profit community organization, created to help people who are having a mental health crisis or a drug or alcohol problem. The Crisis Center is a joint project between Panhandle Health District, Kootenai Health and Heritage Health. Staff members care for those that come to the center and help facilitate outside resources before each person leaves. The center is free, safe, private, and voluntary.

The Crisis Center provides access to a mental health specialist to listen and help develop a plan as well as connect each person to appropriate resources before their departure. Care is provided at no cost to men and women ages 18 and older and is open 24/7/365. 501-C3 Info (81-0937440)

Visit nicrisiscenter.org to learn more.


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Suicide Statistics


According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. In 2017, 47,173 Americans died by suicide and there were an estimated 1,400,000 suicide attempts. While this data is the most accurate we have, the numbers are estimated to be much higher. Stigma surrounding suicide leads to underreporting, and data collection methods critical to suicide prevention need to be improved.


(CNN) - The number of children and teens in the United States who visited emergency rooms for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts doubled between 2007 and 2015. Diagnoses of either suicidal ideation or suicide attempts increased from 580,000 in 2007 to 1.12 million in 2015.


Click below to check out the merchandise store for this event. A percentage of the money earned from sales will go towards sponsoring the event. All remaining proceeds will go directly to Northern Idaho Crisis Center.


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