Talking Solutions

Sundays 6:30am - 7:00am

On Sunday, February 26, hundreds of climbers of all abilities will climb 1,455 steps and 108 floors to the top of the iconic STRAT Hotel Casino and Skypod. And it’s all to benefit the American Lung Association in Nevada. The Scale The STRAT event is one of the American Lung Association’s signature “Fight for Air Climbs” and raises money for the nonprofit’s lung health education, advocacy and research efforts.

History And Mission

This is an incredibly fun and unique event, but it is also a huge fundraiser. Over the years, since the first climb in 2008 this climb as raised $2.8 million to support the mission of the American Lung Association. It is the American Lung Association’s major fundraiser of the year for Nevada.

Las Vegas has some of the worst air quality in the nation. That puts all residents at risk for lung disease. Lung cancer is actually the number one cancer killer in Nevada. Scale The STRAT is helping by being part of the solution. More than 230,000 Nevada residents have asthma, but the American Lung Association is actively working to make each of their lives a little easier.


The American Lung Association has had climbers from all walks of life. Some with lung disease, all the way to professional stairclimbers. These “elite climbers” can Scale The STRAT in about 7 minutes or so.  Scale The STRAT is a timed event, and official finish line photos will be available online after the climb. As always, climbers will be scheduled in heats every 15 minutes. Climbers will enter the stairwell one by one, with a staggered start.

Conversation With A Climber And The Executive Director of American Lung Association, Nevada

Wendy Rush met with two guests on Talking Solutions about this year’s climb. Shannon Proctor, American Lung Association in Nevada Executive Director, discussed the details of the climb from the executive standpoint. And Richard Davis, Scale The STRAT Climber, Team Dignity Climbers told us what it’s like from a climber’s perspective.

Registration is now open at Registration is $35 per climber, in addition to a $200 fundraising minimum. To learn more about COVID-19 protocols, the American Lung Association, or Scale The STRAT, visit or email

Original Show Air Date: February 12, 2023.

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