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Mount Washington Observatory Partners with The North Face and Synnott Mountain Guides to Add Top-Rope Climbing to Seek The Peak

MOUNT WASHINGTON, NH – Mount Washington Observatory’s is pleased to announce The North Face and Synnott Mountain Guides’ participation in Seek the Peak 2017 offering a top-rope session for participants. The North Face has also provided exclusive logo product to be used for prize giveaways as fundraising incentives to Seek the Peak participants.

synnott“This is a win-win all around,” said Mark Synnott owner of Synnott Mountain Guides and professional athlete for The North Face.  “I am looking forward to being able to represent both The North Face and my guide school while supporting this important fundraising event and ultimately the work of the Mount Washington Observatory,” said Synnott.

north faceComing onboard as a sponsor for Seek the Peak 2017, The North Face will support their athlete Mark Synnott and his guide school, Synnott Mountain Guides, to provide a top-rope session for Seek the Peak participants.  The top-rope sessions will be an alternative to hiking and will take place from 10am-1pm at Square Ledge. Synnott Mountain Guides will be set up along the Square Ledge trail where eligible Seek the Peak participants can check-in for their top-rope experience.  Participants will have the opportunity to climb using a top-rope that is secured above and connected to a belayer at the base of the ledge. Gear will be provided on-site. There will be novice to intermediate level climb.  Participants need to reach the $200 fundraising goal to be eligible to climb.

“Seek Your Peak has been our motto in the recent years, many participants want to summit Mount Washington while others are looking for alternative hikes and thanks to the support of The North Face and Mark Synnott we are thrilled to incorporate a top-rope component , ” said Director of Events and Marketing Krissy Fraser.

Seek the Peak is the largest annual fundraiser for the Mount Washington Observatory.  Participants raise a minimum of $200 to support the Observatory and to join in the weekend events including a kick-off party, a vendor expo featuring several gear sponsors, summit weather room tours, a Hart’s turkey dinner and a special awards ceremony where thousands of dollars in gear is raffled off to participants.

To learn more or register for Seek the Peak, visit seekthepeak.org or contact Krissy Fraser at (603) 356-2137 ext. 231. For more information on the Mountain Washington Observatory, visit mountwashington.org.

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About Mount Washington Observatory
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 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.

14th Annual Seek the Peak Hike-a-thon Raises $240,000 for Nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory

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Despite an ominous forecast predicting hurricane-force winds, severe thunderstorms and hail, an estimated 400 hikers and their families came out for Mount Washington Observatory’s 13th annual Seek the Peak hike-a-thon July 19-21. To avoid the dangerous conditions, participants were directed to hike on Sunday instead of the usual Saturday ascent, and were rewarded for their efforts with more than $30,000 in prizes and incentives, as well as a huge after party with live music and an all-you-can-eat feast. The event was presented by Eastern Mountain Sports, Subaru and Vasque, with support from Fairpoint Communications and Blue Cross Blue Shield in New Hampshire.

“Our ‘lucky’ number thirteen event threw us a major curveball with the weather, but our hikers adjusted their plans accordingly and I’m happy to report that everyone enjoyed the weekend without incident,” says Mount Washington Observatory Executive Director Scot Henley.

The usual two-day event began with free food and drinks from Flatbread Company and Tuckerman Brewing Company on Friday, July 19, followed by the famous after party on Saturday, July 20. Due to Saturday’s severe weather, the hike was moved to Sunday, July 21, when hikers enjoyed a complimentary tour of  Mount Washington Observatory’s mountaintop weather station.

All hikers who met the event’s $200 fundraising minimum were given an Eastern Mountain Sports Techwick t-shirt and an EMS day pack loaded with freebies. Those who exceeded the $200 minimum were awarded incentives based on their fundraising total, including headlamps, multi-tools, jackets, tents, kayaks and more.

The top fundraiser was Chris Choma of Reading, MA, who single-handedly raised $19,025. He was rewarded for his efforts with a “Keys to the Castle” ultimate Mount Washington adventure featuring private snow cat transportation and overnight accommodations for six at the Observatory’s mountaintop weather station. Choma’s team, Team Chawkanaw, clenched first place in the team division with $20,000 raised, and were each awarded $100 gift cards to Eastern Mountain Sports. The second place team, The Kilted Hikers, raised $8,662.20 and received $50 gift cards. 36 hikers raised $1,000 or more, each receiving an Eastern Mountain Sports soft shell jacket embroidered with the Mount Washington Observatory and Seek the Peak logos.

Other prizes included a one-year lease on a 2014 Subaru Outback, a $500 shopping spree at Settlers’ Green Outlet Village, an all-inclusive Mount Washington Observatory winter day trip for two, a $250 Eastern Mountain Sports gift card, and outdoor gear and gadgets ranging from boots, to backpacks, to GPS units.

“Prizes provide a powerful incentive for our participants,” says Events and Marketing Manager Krissy Fraser, “and our sponsors make that possible. We are incredibly thankful for their support.”

Seek the Peak has raised more than $1.3 million over its thirteen year history, supporting the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory’s work in weather observation, research and education. This success has been possible not only through the efforts of dedicated hikers, their donors, and corporate sponsors,
but also a small army of volunteers.

“54 volunteers donated their time and talents this year,” says Fraser. “It’s an understatement to say that this event would not be possible without them.”

The 14th annual event will be held July 18-19, 2014, and registration is scheduled to open December 2, 2013. To learn more about becoming an event participant, sponsor, or volunteer, visit SeekthePeak.org or call (603) 356-2137, 231.

Register for Seek the Peak and Join the Fun!

 

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Registration is open for our 13th annual Seek the Peak hike-a-thon:
The earlier you register, the more time you’ll have to fundraise, and the more prizes and incentives you’ll earn!

Why Seek the Peak?

Prizes. Everything from hiking boots to an overnight snowcat trip on Mount Washington is up for grabs. We award hundreds of prizes worth thousands of dollars.

Incentives. The harder you fundraise, the more gear you go home with: From our signature Seek the Peak Eastern Mountain Sports Teckwick t-shirt, to backpacks, tents, kayaks, and more.

Good karma. Seek the Peak is the largest annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory, so every penny you raise goes directly to support our work.

A great time.
Featuring some of the best above-treeline trekking in the lower 48—and quite possibly the best after party, too—scaling Mount Washington as a participant in Seek the Peak is an incredibly rewarding physical challenge, wrapped up into a two-day party.

So what are you waiting for? Register now and join us July 19-20, 2013 for the nation’s premier hiking event—it’s the most rewarding hike you’ll ever take!

Best regards,

Abby Blackburn
Membership & Events Coordinator


Seek the Peak 13 is presented by Eastern Mountain Sports, Subaru, and Vasque
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