Torklift has arrived to the top of Mt. Rainier!

Torklift International President Jack Kay and Assistant Marketing Director Sheryl Bushaw embarked on their journey to the highest peak of Mount Rainier on Sunday.

The climbing duo made it to the top Tuesday morning alerting everyone of their triumph via a message from their satellite phone: 

At the top of the mountain

Kay and Bushaw began their final ascent to the top shortly after midnight on Monday. They crawled across crevasses using aluminum ladders in the dark of the night. The crevasses loomed below them hundreds of feet in depth while they used mere flashlights to light the way.

Climbing up the mountain

The Torklift team will be meeting Kay and Bushaw at Paradise Trail Head this afternoon to welcome them down from the mountain.

Prior to the final climb to the top, they rested at what is known as Base Camp Two, a whopping elevation of 11,500 feet. The total elevation of the mountain is 14,411 feet. Upon reaching Base Camp Two, they went to sleep at roughly 6 p.m. in preparation for waking up at 1 a.m. to complete the climb. They slept on ice glaciers in tents.

Prior to turning in for the night, Kay shared a few thoughts about the climb:

“We are heading to bed now for a 1a.m. wake-up call and the start of our 14 hour ascent and descent back down to Paradise Trail Head. Guides gave several warnings about points to turn around and go back down. We already have one person on our team that has decided they have had enough adventure and will be remaining at base camp two with one of our five guides. Our lead guide said we need a minimum of two guides to summit. I have spent a lot of time thinking about why I am doing this...

At first it was an exciting adventure celebrating 40 years in business. Then it became something I needed to prove to myself as I trained for so many months.

Now though, it is completely carrying the hearts, souls and dreams of my team Torklift, God willing, to the summit and back.

It is not just the highest point I have ever been but the highest honor to make what is certainly the most epic adventure a reality for my team.”

-Torklift International President Jack Kay

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Torklift to Summit Mount Rainier

MT. RAINIER, Wash., — The Torklift International team is making their ascent to the top of Mount Rainier right now.

Torklift President Jack Kay and Assistant Marketing Director Sheryl Bushaw began their climb to the top this morning.

The pair is climbing the mountain because they have a craving for adventure.

If they complete their journey to the top of the 14,411 foot mountain, they will plant the Torklift International flag at the peak and announce a new mystery product to be called, “Summit.”

Kay and Bushaw are the last climbing team permitted on the mountain for the season as the weather becomes too treacherous for climbing. The climbing team is called Omega. They will be battling various terrains as well as the potential for altitude sickness.

The climb will entail crossing crevasses that are hundreds of feet deep, darkness and cold weather. They are expected to summit on Tuesday. Their descent down the mountain will conclude at Paradise Trail Head where they will be greeted by Torklift International staff. 

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Torklift International President Jack Kay and Assistant Marketing Director will conclude their descent on Mount Rainier at Paradise Trail Head pictured above.

Good luck Jack and Sheryl, everyone is rooting for you!

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Say thank you today

It was 95 years ago today when President Woodrow Wilson said “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

Today is Veteran’s Day.

Veteran’s Day was originally called Armistice Day honoring the veterans of World War I, according to VA.org. Years later it was officially changed to Veteran’s Day following the largest mobilization of all armed forces across all military organizations in the aftermath of World War II.

Veteran’s Day represents a day of honor for all veterans of all wars.

Today take a moment and thank our vets and active military personnel. They have seen things many of us never saw in order to protect our home: America.

They are the ones you see wearing the hats that say Air Force, the ones with the tattoos that read what division they served and sometimes they are the ones who carry the permanent wounds of their service. Shake their hand and say thank you today.

 

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Torklift SuperHitch Hero Contest – Who’s Your Hero?

There are heroes throughout our country and the world. Torklift International would like to recognize them for their inspiration, their courage and their hope. These efforts will be showcased on Torklift’s SuperHitch Hero Blog through a contest to select the official 2014 Torklift Hero.

As a dedicated place where heroes are recognized, the Hero Blog is regularly updated with heroic stories from across the country. Submit your story and tell Torklift about your Hero. To participate, simply email your story to hero@torklift.com. Be sure to review the submission guidelines and restrictions.

SuperHitch Hero  Contest

How will the 2014 Torklift Hero be selected? Later this year, readers will have the chance to vote on their favorite hero story. How to place votes and additional contest details will be revealed on Torklift’s Facebook page.  The winning Hero and person who submitted the story will win a vacation prize.

The Superhitch Hero receiver hitch was proudly named in honor of our Heroes. The 15k durable hitch made for ½ ton trucks exhibits the similar strength we see in each and every one of our heroes. For every Hero hitch sold by the end of 2014, Torklift International donates a portion of proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Explore the Hero Blog for further details.

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