Hike for Hope
Why You Should
TOP 5 REASONS TO HIKE MOUNT WASHINGTON:
1. Diet? What diet?
The best thing about training for a hike up Mount Washington is that you can eat all kinds of food, and the more you train, the stronger you get. Each trail takes the average hiker around five hours to hike up or down the mountain — that’s like 16,000 steps! Do you know how many calories you will burn? Lots, as in “lots of pizza.”
2. The view from the top.
It’s hard to describe the feeling you get when you reach the top of New England’s highest peak. At 6,288 feet, it is the most topographically prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River. The weather changes in minutes, but on a clear day you can see for miles and miles. In the life of a survivor, recovery is like climbing a mountain daily, and like the women of Amirah who have overcome so many challenges, the success stories you get are worth every step.
3. Raise money to support survivors of sex trafficking.
OK, this one should probably be up a few from No. 3, because we’re doing this hike for a reason: to support the women of Amirah. Each day, they walk a mountain in their trauma-recovery work. We can walk one mountain on one day to support them for a lifetime. And while the hike officially happens on Saturday, August 17, if you are unable to hike on that day, just pick another day this summer and do the hike then! All we ask is that you raise a minimum of $250, and if someone is joining you, then the goal would be to raise $500. Every gift helps someone else hike their own spiritual, emotional, and physical mountains every day.
4. It's social.
You aren’t doing this alone. The Hike for Hope team will be hiking together and the Share Team will be updating the Crowdrise site pages all the time between now and August here. You get to share your training successes, your rough days and more — all while following others with the hashtag #HikeForHope! Every time you’re on a training hike, or a jog, or the treadmill — tag us! We’re on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and we’re right alongside you!
5. Two words: Bucket list.
Your New Year’s Resolution probably involved eating better, getting more exercise or something pretty similar. How did you do? Well, here’s your chance to finish that resolution and knock a major item off that larger bucket list of yours. The 4.1-mile Tuckerman Ravine trail starts at the Pinkham Notch camp area and gains 4,280 feet on its way straight up the bowl of Tuckerman Ravine. You get rock trails, steep steps and amazing views of the ravine and nearby Wildcat Mountain. And you get to say you conquered the tallest peak in the Northeast.
So what are you waiting for? Join our Hike for Hope team in support of Amirah. We have plenty of spots available, and you don’t want to miss out!
- Doug, the Hiker