Anchorage, AK-- Two hikers are in Alaska this week with a goal to hike the highest peak in all 50 states in 50 days but, climbing each mountain isn’t the duo’s only obstacle.

Patrick Mertes and Micahel Shelver both have Type 1 Diabetes and if they complete the challenge, they will be the first people with the disease to ever finish the hike.

Not only are the two breaking records with their climb, but they are encouraging others to join them.

For more information on the 50 in 50 Project or to follow along with Patrick and Michael’s journey go to


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