Seak the Peak Coming Up Fast!

2008-04-29 17:44:08.000 – Brian Clark,  Observer

Holding up the snow board at observation time

It has been snowing steadily and rather heavily all afternoon today. There was a very quick change over from rain to snow around noon, which surprised me. I was expecting a change from rain to a mix of freezing rain and sleet, and then eventually over to snow right on the tail end of the storm. It will be interesting to see how much snow Steve measures this evening; my guess is at least a couple inches considering how hard it has been coming down out there. The summit is white once again.

Although it certainly does not show it when you look out the window right now, the summer season is almost here. The Mount Washington Auto Road is clearing snow off the road in preparation for their opening. The Mount Washington State Park employees have also been hard at work to get the building ready for opening, sometime in mid May, weather dependent of course.

The coming of the summer season also means that our big annual fund raiser, Seek the Peak is just around the corner. Seek the Peak is a hike-a-thon where registrants ask friends, family, coworkers, etc. for pledges, and then hike Mount Washington. The date of the event is July 25 and 26, with the hike itself happening on the 26th. It is a really neat event that is a lot of fun for participants and our staff alike. It is also a very important fundraiser; we count on the money raised by this event to continue all the great stuff we do as a non-profit organization.

The excitement level among all the staff, valley and summit, at the Observatory is already high for this event. First of all, we have secured some fantastic prizes, some of them just in the last few months. Here are the highlights:

– One year lease of a 2009 Subaru Forester

– Two-night Colorado Getaway

L.L. Bean Family Camping Package

– 2009 Overnight EduTrip on Mount Washington

– Special Seek the Peak Logo Fleece Jackets

– Huge Goodie bags, including Seek the Peak logo long sleeve t-shirts and Camelbak Hydration Systems

And believe it or not, there is even more than that. For more info on these prizes(as well as what you need to raise to qualify for some of them) and to see the rest of the list, visit the prize section of the Seek the Peak website.

Another couple reasons to be excited is the number of hikers that are registered already (162) and the amount of money that has already been raised ($32,778!).

If you haven’t already, get registered at SeekthePeak.org and you can create a pledge page start taking pledges today!

 

Brian Clark,  Observer

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