MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY GEARS UP FOR THE 17TH ANNUAL SEEK THE PEAK HIKE-A-THON
MOUNT WASHINGTON, NH - Hundreds of hikers will return to the Presidential Range for The
Mount Washington Observatory’s 17th Annual Seek the Peak hike-a-thon on July
21-22, the largest annual fundraiser for the summit weather station.
raise a minimum of $200 to support the Observatory by hiking 6,288-foot Mount
Washington or other peaks they choose. Individuals and teams of up to eight are
eligible for chances to win valuable prizes donated by a wealth of sponsors.
The first 500 people who raise the minimum take home an exclusive Seek the Peak
t-shirt and backpack.
“With the amazing
continued enthusiasm and generosity of our participant’s and donors, along with
our sponsors and volunteers, Seek the Peak continues to be recognized as the
nation’s premiere hiking event,” said Director of Events and Marketing, Krissy
The two-day event
begins Friday, July 21 with the Kick-Off Party and registration at the Weather
Discovery Center in North Conway. On Saturday, July 22 there are summit weather
station tours, guided nature walks, an expo and after party at the base of
Mount Washington at Great Glen Trails and the Mt. Washington Auto Road
including dinner, entertainment and giveaways.
The expo begins at 2
p.m. and is a great opportunity for friends and family supporting Seek the Peak
hikers to go for a walk on their own and participate in raffles with expo
vendors like Appalachian Mountain Club, Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS), Vasque,
Mountainsmith, Darn Tough, and the Mt. Washington Auto Road Backpacker Magazine’s mobile Get Out
More Tour will also be on hand.
Mount Washington Observatory is thrilled to have the return of many sponsors
and the debut of new supporters for this premiere hiking event. Presenting
sponsors Eastern Mountain Sports and Vasque are back. The top fundraiser goes
home with the Pinnacle Outdoor Group prize
package, including Mountainsmith backpack, trekking poles, tent, cooler tube,
Vasque III Breeze Hiking boot, Darn Tough Vermont socks, and Kahtoola
microspikes. In addition to backpacks and gift cards, EMS has donated a
paddleboard and mountain bike for raffle drawings. The North Face is a new
sponsor and are not only providing prizes but also supporting a “top rope”
climbing component with Synnott Mountain Guides. Sunsweet Growers will be
fueling participants with Mango and Fruit and Nut Clusters, Fairpoint
Communications has donated a FitBit Charge 2 to be raffled off at the expo and
M&M Assurance will be back with a special raffle for all qualified
participating children under the age of 12.
New this year, Backpacker Magazine and North Conway’s Moat
Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery opted to step up and sponsor two Ability Plus
adaptive sports teams, a program for people with physical and developmental
this year we have a new Virtual Hiker opportunity. Those that are unable to be
in the area in July or prefer the indoors, can choose to hike “virtually”. The
Observatory will provide a link to a video that captures a hike from Pinkham
Notch along the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to the summit.
local participants can prepare for their hike by attending a training clinic being
offered by Mountain Center Physical Therapy in the weeks leading up to Seek the
Peak. A portion of the program fee will be applied to the individuals’ Seek the
Peak fundraising efforts.
more or register for Seek the Peak, visit seekthepeak.org
or contact Krissy Fraser at (603)356-2137x231. For more information on the Mount
Washington Observatory, visit mountwashington.org.
Mount Washington Observatory
Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution
with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's
weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the
elements from its weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, using this
unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more
information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit MountWashington.org.