MOUNT WASHINGTON, New Hampshire ??вЂќ There is nothing quite like standing atop the northeast’s tallest peak-New Hampshire’s 6,288-foot Mount Washington. In fact, in the heat of summer, what could be better than climbing to a mountain peak where the all-time high temperature is just 72 degrees? On July 22, more than 250 hikers from across the region will make that very trek to the summit of Mount Washington, all in an effort to raise money for the non-profit Mount Washington Observatory.
The 6th annual Seek the Peak Hike-a-thon, presented by L.L.Bean and Subaru, brings together hikers, Mount Washington fans, weather buffs and outdoor enthusiasts for a day of fun in a spectacular setting. Seek the Peak is the year’s biggest fundraising event for the Mount Washington Observatory, and all proceeds help fund the annual costs of operating the legendary weather station on the summit of Mount Washington-the home of the “world’s worst weather”.
Roy Prescott of Madison, NH has climbed Mount Washington dozens of times with Sadie, his black Labrador retriever, and has participated in Seek the Peak in each of the last three years. “I’m a weather junkie and lover of hiking in the White Mountains, and this will be our third straight year raising money for the Observatory”, said Prescott. “They have great prizes, it’s an important cause and Sadie loves the awards party, too!”
Participating is easy. Hikers can quickly and easily register online at mountwashington.org, download a Seek the Peak pledge sheet, or, new for 2006, set up their own online pledge pages. Participants can then solicit pledges from friends, family and co-workers in support of their hiking efforts. Donations must be collected prior to the event and turned in at registration. Event registration takes place on Friday, July 21 from 2:00 to 8:00 PM at the Mount Washington Observatory’s Weather Discovery Center in North Conway Village, NH or on Saturday, July 22 from 6:30 to 10:00 AM at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center.
Hikers are encouraged to hike individually or as a team. Teams of ten can register for $250 (or collect pledges of $1,000 as a group) and will become eligible to win a variety of special team prizes.
Prizes, including a family camping package from L.L.Bean, a winter overnight EduTrip at the summit Observatory, books, outdoor gear and much more are awarded to the top fundraisers and other lucky random participants. At check-in, the first 250 registrants will receive an event t-shirt and a goodie bag with great items from companies like Green Mountain Coffee, White Mountain Maps, N’east Magazine, Appalachian Mountain Club, L.L.Bean and Subaru.
After a hard day of hiking, Seek the Peak participants can rest their weary bones at the Seek the Peak Awards Party & BBQ at Wildcat Ski Area in Pinkham Notch, NH. Free scenic gondola rides are available to those who arrive at Wildcat before 4:30 PM. The party will include live bluegrass music, a country BBQ, and loads of prizes-including a complete family camping package from L.L.Bean, a winter overnight EduTrip at the summit Observatory, books, outdoor gear, sunglasses and much more.
Sponsors for the 2006 event include WMWV 93.5, Magic 104.5, WPKQ-FM, WGME NewsChannel 13, Other partners include the Appalachian Mountain Club, the USDA Forest Service, Action Screenprinting, Lake Region Coca-Cola and the Leave No Trace Foundation.
New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Observatory is a private, non-profit, membership-supported organization with a mission of weather observation, scientific research and educational outreach. Since 1932, the organization has maintained a fully-staffed weather station atop 6,288-foot Mount Washington, monitoring some of the most extreme weather conditions on Earth. In 1934, Observatory staff recorded a surface wind gust of 231 mph, a world record that stands to this day. The Observatory also operates a research facility in Bartlett, NH, the Mount Washington Museum at the summit and the Weather Discovery Center science and weather museum in North Conway Village, NH. For information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit www.mountwashington.org.