If you haven’t done Seek the Peak yet, this is your year. Registration for New England’s premier hiking event is open now and filling quickly.
Mount Washington Observatory’s 13th annual Seek the Peak hike-a-thon is happening July 19-20, 2013, and will once again feature those famous hiker goodie bags, a great kick-off party, an amazing day on the Northeast’s tallest peak, a blowout after party, and of course, thousands of dollars in awesome prize giveaways. Sponsored by Eastern Mountain Sports and Subaru, all proceeds benefit your favorite nonprofit weather station—the legendary Mount Washington Observatory.
Hike it for the challenge. Hike it for the prizes. Hike it for the right to say you helped a legendary institution continue its important work in weather observation, research and education. Hike it for whatever special reason you may have… just don’t miss out on hiking it this year!
The Mt. Washington Observatory raises funds each year in an event called Seek the Peak. The moneys raised help support the weather observatory at the top of the highest peak in the Northeast. This event runs July 19-20 in North Conway, NH.
I will not be registering to be a hiker this year, but you should and raise funds for the cause. We have always had a great group attend that enjoyed the support and/or company of those who would like to tackle this challenge. As was said to me on a difficult New Hampshire hike, "Anyone can climb anything with enough time and we have all day". So set this as your goal.
Understand that this is the tallest Mt. in New England. We will starting at Pinkham Notch Visitors Center and traveling up Tuckerman's Ravine. It is a 4.2 mile hike with a 4200' vertical gain-that is 4 to 6 hours of climbing (unless you are Ray and Brian...running up)! Oh, yeah, then you have to come back down. Some people may wish to take alternative trails to or from the peak (generally they are longer and harder).
Speaking of coming back down.....there is a shuttle that will take you back down to Pinkham Notch if you don't feel you can make it back down. Contact The Mt. Washington Auto Road for pricing and how to make reservations for that.
You will need to seriously self assess your experience and fitness level on this event. You need equipment for all seasons. It can go from sunny and warm in the valley to sleet and rain on the way up. You need rain gear, fleece, dry socks, water/food, headlamp, emergency gear, waterproof hiking boots. Ask yourself this, can I carry a heavy pack of all I need uphill for at least 6 hours? If you cannot reach the top by 3:00 p.m. you have to turn around. You need the utmost respect for this event. People have died up there. No doom and gloom, just the honest truth. You need to understand what you are attempting.
There is a reception Friday night to collect goodie bags in Conway and a dinner after the hike at the end of the auto road. I recommend staying at the AMC's Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch-the trailhead. It will fill up soon so make a decision and book it. If you go to the AMC web site, www.outdoors.org, you can see availability for the lodge.
You can stay at the Hostel in Conway. It is cash payment and it runs about $25 for the night. That is the price to stay in the single sex dorms. Private rooms are $68 with a charge for more people. It is about a 40 minute ride to the hike.
Albert B. Lester Memorial Hostel
36 Washington Street
Conway, NH 03818
Some folks have talked about camping.
Dolly Copp is the camping place closest for those of you feeling "rustic"
There are many places to stay in North Conway. I would book soon.
Feel free to contact me with questions if you want to join in. You will have to make your own arrangements for travel and lodging.
Hike with a Purpose!
Approximate location/directions to meet for the hike start at Pinkham Notch Visitors Center (no exact address on Rte. 16, south of Gorham, NH):
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Mt. Washington Weather Forecast:
-Actual peak forecast, National Weather Service:
-Current summit conditions, Mt. Washington Observatory:
USGS Topo of Mt. Washington (OK, sucks as rather small, but free): http://hikethewhites.com/photos/map_wash.jpg
(*Buy* a proper map from Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC))
Mt. Washington (history/trails summary):
Seek The Peak (the fundraiser event):
Mt. Washington Observatory (weather station and information):
Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC):
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