History of the Portland Stairclimb

Wes Loucks, a retired Portland Fire & Rescue firefighter of 32 years, founded the Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge when both of his grandsons were born with Cystic Fibrosis.

The Portland Firefighter Stairclimb is a competitive race up 40 floors and 800 steps of the U.S. Bancorp Tower. Firefighters will be outfitted in over 70 lbs. of full "Combat Gear" including Self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) commonly used in the line of duty. Racers compete for individual titles in both men and women categories.

In addition climbers compete to raise funds in the battle against Cystic Fibrosis. Since 2009 hundreds of firefighters from across the country and around the world have come to Portland to compete in our event and have raised over $900,000 in the fight to beat Cystic Fibrosis and make CF stand for "CURE FOUND".

We are proud to list as our sponsors MSA (The Safety Company) Title Sponsor, Portland Firefighters Association Local 43, Presenting Sponsor, UNICO and U.S. Bancorp Tower, US Bank, Leatherman, F.I.R.E. Restoration, Kells Irish Pub, Northwest Safety Clean as well as many others.