On July 17-18, hikers from all across the country will converge on Mount Washington, New Hampshire for the 15th annual Seek the Peak hike-a-thon, the largest annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory. Over 500 hikers register annually, not only to “Seek the Peak” and accomplish summiting Mount Washington, but also to achieve or exceed their fundraising goal in support of the Observatory.
“The weekend is truly a gathering of like-minded outdoor enthusiasts with a love of hiking and Mount Washington as well as supporting the Mount Washington Observatory. This is not an event about extreme hiking,” said Observatory Director of Events & Marketing, Krissy Fraser. “The energy and camaraderie across the weekend events is tremendous and add to that thousands of dollars in prizes and great food all in a beautiful mountain setting – this is why it is the Nation’s Premier Hiking Event.”
The weekend event attracts hikers and Mount Washington Observatory supporters of all levels and offers many ways to participate. Although Seek the Peak is a “hike-a-thon” event, participants are not required to hike. Supporters who do not hike still have the option to participate in the weekend including a Kick-Off Party as well as an After Party and Expo on Saturday.
“For 2015 we are really emphasizing Seek “Your” Peak to encourage hikers of all ability levels and interests to participate. We encourage hikers to talk with experts at the Appalachian Mountain Club for hiking tips and trail suggestions,” said Education Specialist, Will Broussard. “I will also be leading a nature walk out of Pinkham Notch for participants that prefer a little easier hiking experience.”
The Friday night Kick Off party is held at the Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, N.H. where qualified registrants (those who raise $200 or more) can collect their prize Eastern Mountain Sports Seek the Peak backpack and t-shirt. A social hour is hosted by Tuckerman Brewing Company and Flatbread Company where participants enjoy food and drink while having the opportunity to speak with representatives from organizations such as Eastern Mountain Sports, The Appalachian Mountain Club & DeLorme who are on hand to answer questions about trail routes, hiker safety, backpacking tips, etc.
The After Party takes place at the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road on Saturday afternoon and includes an Expo featuring many outdoor companies along with an all-you-can eat turkey dinner and an awards ceremony where over $30,000 in prizes are handed out to participants.
“Our presenting sponsors Eastern Mountain Sports and Vasque really set the tone for the After Party with great giveaways and enthusiastic staff to greet participants,” said Fraser. “This year we are also excited to welcome WBZ Boston Chief Meteorologist Eric Fisher and other celebrity meteorologists to emcee the event.”
Interested participants are encouraged to register now, to give themselves time to meet the event’s $200 fundraising minimum and start working toward the incentives.
Sponsored by Eastern Mountain Sports and Vasque with support from Fairpoint Communications, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, White Mountain Oil and Propane, 93.5 WMWV Radio and NorthConwayLodging.com, Seek the Peak is open to hikers of all ages and abilities.
For more information and to register, volunteer, or become an event sponsor, visit SeekthePeak.org, or call (800) 706-0432, x231.
Mount 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 in one of the most extreme locations on Earth, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit MountWashington.org.