This weekend, pull out your water bottle and lace up your shoes for the annual Climb4Life Utah program presented by the HERA Women's Cancer Foundation.

A fun-filled weekend of rock climbing, hiking and outdoor photography hosted by Black Diamond, the goal of the event is to raise funds and awareness about ovarian cancer by bringing together families, ovarian cancer survivors, outdoors fans and the community.

Eleven years running, Climb4Life continues to aid scientific research, community grants, education and awareness initiatives for ovarian cancer through HERA, which commits 88 percent of its fundraiser earnings to those areas.

This weekend's fundraiser participants will have the opportunity to climb and hike with professional guides from Utah Mountain Adventure and SPLORE in various locations across the Wasatch. A new option for participants this year will also be photography, instructed by professional photographers, videographers and trainers.  

Meg Steitz, executive director for the HERA Foundation, explains the purpose behind the program as being not only beneficial for those affected by ovarian cancer, but for every one: "Climb4Life is about more than climbing, hiking or the outdoors. It's about problem solving, risk taking and confidence—skills that can be applied to many of life's challenges, including fighting cancer." 

This is surely the vision HERA Founder Sean Patrick had when she created the Climb4Life series while recovering from her seventh ovarian cancer surgery. The event has now expanded into a multi-city program involving hundreds of partners across the country from Boston to Boulder.

The kick off this weekend will be at 6 p.m. on Friday night. Registration will happen at that time and all hiking and other activities will start at 9 a.m. the following day, Saturday Sept. 15.

For more information including event locations and schedules or to click here to register.