Climbing the Grand Teton With Colorectal Cancer: A Survivor’s Story

Brian McDonnell and Tate MacDowell were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2016. The ailment delayed many adventures, but it didn’t stop them from climbing to the top of one of America’s most classic climbs, the Grand Teton.

“Mountain In The Hallway” is a film by Teton Gravity Research, presented by Black Diamond Equipment. At over 30 minutes long, it profiles the two adventurous souls and how cancer has affected their lives and families.

Although the film released 7 months ago, March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The goal of the campaign, with the slogan “Don’t Assume,” is to challenge assumptions about colorectal cancer. Visit the Colorectal Cancer Alliance website to learn more.


Nate Mitka

Midwest born, Nate Mitka is based in the GearJunkie Denver office. He is an advocate of all outdoor activities and has developed some habits, like running without headphones, eating raw vegetables, and fixing the chain on his ratty old bike.