Seek The Peak Recap

by Cooper on July 26, 2013

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ORGANIZERS SAY ABOUT 400 HIKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES TURNED OUT LAST WEEKEND FOR THE MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY’S 13^TH ANNUAL SEEK THE PEAK HIKE-A-THON.

OBSERVATORY EXEC. DIRECTOR SCOT HENLEY SAYS “OUR LUCKY NUMBER 13 EVENT THREW US A MAJOR CURVEBALL WITH THE WEATHER, BUT OUR HIKERS ADJUSTED THEIR PLANS ACCORDINGLY… AND EVERYONE ENJOYED THE WEEKEND WITHOUT INCIDENT.”

OBSERVATORY DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT CARA RUDIO SAYS IN ORDER TO AVOID DANGEROUS CONDITIONS FORECAST FOR SATURDAY, PARTICIPANTS WERE DIRECTED TO HIKE ON SUNDAY.

A TOTAL OF $240,000 WAS RAISED TO SUPPORT THE NON-PROFIT OBSERVATORY, WITH MORE THAN $30,000 WOrTH OF PRIZES AND INCENTIVES BEING GIVEN OUT TO PARTICIPANTS, INCLUDING A YEAR’S LEASE ON A NEW SUBARU, A SHOPPING SPREE AT SETTLERS’ GREEN OUTLET VILLAGE, A MOUNT WASHINGTON DAY TRIP, GIFT CARDS AND OUTDOOR GEAR AND GADGETS.

CHRIS CHOMA OF READING, MASS. WAS TOP FUNDRAISER, BRINGING IN MORE THAN $19,000. HE WAS AWARDED AN ULTIMATE MOUNT WASHINGTON ADVENTURE FOR SIX FEATURING SNOW CAT TRANSPORTATION AND OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE OBSERVATORY’S MOUNTAINTOP WEATHER STATION. CHOMA’S TEAM – TEAM CHAWKANAW – PLACED FIRST IN THE TEAM DIVISION WITH $20,000 RAISED, WHILE THE SECOND PLACE TEAM, THE KILTED HIKERS, RAISED NEARLY $8,700.

RUDIO SAYS MORE THAN 50 VOLUNTEERS SUPPORTED THE EVENT THIS YEAR. IT’S AN EVENT THAT OVER ITS 13-YEAR HISTORY HAS RAISED MORE THAN $1.3 MILLION TO SUPPORT OBSERVATORY WORK IN WEATHER OBSERVATION, RESEARCH AND EDUCATION.

THE OBSERVATORY IS A PRIVATE, NON-PROFIT, MEMBER-SUPPORTED ORGANIZATION WITH A MISSION TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE NATURAL SYSTEMS THAT CREATE THE EARTH’S WEATHER AND CLIMATE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT IT, SEE www.mountwashington.org

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