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Seek The Peak Hike-a-thon for Mount Washington Observatory

On Friday, July 21st-Saturday, July 22nd, participate in the largest annual fundraiser for the Mount Washington Observatory at the Annual Seek the Peak Hike-a-Thon.

Hike the beautiful and challenging Mount Washington, explore the White Mountains Region of New Hampshire, raise money for a good cause, win prizes, meet and join other outdoor enthusiasts, enjoy the outdoor expo tents, explore the Weather Discovery Center, meet the staff of the observatory, dine and party with participants, and most importantly – SEEK YOUR PEAK! 

There is a $10 registration fee per person, and this fee counts towards the minimum $200 fundraising goal. Ask your network of family and friends to pledge you during the event and tell them about the cause! Participants may register in teams of up to 8 people.

There are many ways to win prizes! The first 500 participants to raise $200 earn an exclusive Seek the Peak backpack and T-shirt. Join the event as a team to earn special prizes as the top fundraising team or the most spirited team, among other categories. For each fundraising milestone, starting at $200 and exceeding $20,000, participants may win select prizes for each milestone and are entered to win other fabulous prizes for their accomplishments. To see the full list of incentives, visit https://www.mountwashington.org/seek-the-peak/prizes.aspx.

In addition to pledges, interested businesses may purchase sponsorships for the event. The sponsorship categories are as follows:

  • Presenting Sponsor: $12,500
  • Gold Sponsor: $5,000
  • Silver Sponsor: $2,500
  • Bronze Sponsor: $1,000
  • In-Kind Sponsors ($1,000+)
  • In-Kind Sponsors (Under $1,000)
  • Team Sponsor: $2,000

For more information on sponsorships, visit https://www.mountwashington.org/seek-the-peak/sponsorship.aspx.

Since Seek the Peak was established in 2001, this great event has raised over $1.6 million for the nonprofit Observatory, helping it maintain its famous weather station on the summit of Mount Washington and continue its important work collecting weather data, performing research, and educating the public about the science of climate and weather.

For more information, or to register, visit https://www.mountwashington.org/seek-the-peak/. Pack your gear – the mountains are calling!

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.

MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY ANNOUNCES 13TH ANNUAL SEEK THE PEAK HIKE-A-THON JULY 19-20

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The nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory is proud to announce its 13th annual Seek the Peak hike-a-thon July 19-20, 2013. Presented by Eastern Mountain Sports, Subaru and Vasque with support from Fairpoint Communications and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in New Hampshire, Seek the Peak 13 features a host of incredible fundraising incentives and prizes. Hikers are encouraged to register as soon as possible to begin working towards their rewards.

“Seek the Peak is not only a signature event for the Observatory, but also a staple for many of our participants who return each year because of how unique and rewarding it is,” says Observatory Events & Marketing Manager, Krissy Fraser. “Our $200 fundraising minimum earns participants an EMS Techwick event tee, an EMS day pack loaded with freebies, and entry into a drawing for great outdoor gear and getaways. From there, the incentives get bigger and better the more money you raise.”

All who raise $1,000 or more will receive an EMS soft shell jacket; those who raise $2,500 or more will also receive an EMS tent, and all who raise $5,000 or more will also receive an EMS kayak. Event prizes, also tiered by fundraising level, include a $500 gift certificate to Settlers’ Green Outlet Village, a one-year lease on a 2014 Subaru, and more.

“Seek the Peak provides vital operating income for our mountaintop weather station, our museums, educational programs, research and more,” says Observatory Executive Director Scot Henley, “so we are incredibly thankful for the support of our sponsors, who make it possible to offer such powerful incentives.”

“This year we have also added some ‘priceless’ prizes,” says Fraser, “including an overnight snow cat trip to the summit of Mount Washington, a photo published in the Observatory’s magazine, and the opportunity to offer an Observatory distance learning program to the school of your choice.

As the nonprofit scientific institution’s largest annual fundraiser, Seek the Peak supports Mount Washington Observatory’s work in weather observation, research, and education.

Seek the Peak is open to hikers of all ages and abilities, and registration is free. There is no timed start, and participants may ascend the peak via the trail of their choice.

“Some families enjoy a short hike and then come back down, while really motivated hikers get up before dawn and bag a couple summits,” says Henley. “Distance doesn’t matter; it’s all about getting outside to enjoy this wonderful mountain we call home.”

Participants are treated to a kick-off party in North Conway Friday evening, and those who summit are invited inside the Observatory’s famous mountaintop weather station for a tour and refreshments. The event culminates with a huge after party featuring an outdoor expo, live music, the famous awards ceremony and a sumptuous, all-you-can-eat feast.

For more information and to register, volunteer, or become an event sponsor, visit SeekthePeak.org, or call (800) 706-0432, x231.

About Mount Washington Observatory

Operating within the 59-acre Mt. Washington State Park, Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported research and educational institution with a mission to advance understanding of Earth’s weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been observing Mount Washington’s incredible extremes from its mountaintop weather station, amassing one of North America’s longest and most unique climate records while conducting scientific research and educational outreach. For weather reports, webcams, summit trips, photos and more, please visit MountWashington.org.