South Summit Everest, Just two year ago today, Rob Hill stood on top of Mount Everest's South Summit and became the first person living with an ostomy, the result of Crohn's Disease, to reach the highest peak on each of the seven continents. Rob's campaign to raise awareness of intestinal disease and ostomy was a huge success. Together with IDEAS, Rob raised enough money to meet his research funding commitment to the University of British Columbia — which is already making ground-breaking discoveries UBC study: Microbiota fend off intestinal infections!

“I'm very pleased to raise money for research,” said Rob. “When we started IDEAS almost 10 years ago, we created a mandate to increase the quality of life for people living with inflammatory bowel disease in North America. Research plays a vital role in that mandate. We're proud to be a part of the IDEAS research centre at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus.”

Rob's No Guts Know Glory Everest Expedition was one of the first to leverage social media to share the climbing story online with a global audience. This was made possible through partnership with expedition partners Abbott Laboratories and ConvaTec. We used videos, photos and words to share the personal-side of climbing with an ostomy. You can read the summit day live blog, and all of the expedition blog posts using the archives feature on your right.

Although the climbs are complete, the fundraising and awareness work of IDEAS continues. Please donate today to help IDEAS find a cure for inflammatory bowel disease and increase the quality of life for people living through these debilitating illnesses. Please donate online now, or if you'd prefer, send a cheque to the IDEAS office:


#521 – 119 West Pender Street

Vancouver, BC, V5L 2N4

All donations over $20 will receive a Canadian tax receipt for charitable giving. For more information on IDEAS and its programs, Donate

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