Waterville Valley Resort just announced the Denali Challenge: Summit five Waterville Valley mountains in a single weekend, August 16-18, 2013.
Mount Denali (aka Mt. McKinley) is the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,320 feet above sea level. During the Denali Challenge in Waterville Valley, participants will hike the equivalent of Denali – 20,000 feet – by summiting the two Osceola peaks, Mt. Tecumseh, and Welch & Dickey mountains. Everyone who completes the challenge will be awarded the title of “Alive After Five.”
“We hope to attract a number of families as well as avid hikers who are drawn by the beauty of the White Mountain National Forest,” said event chair, Bob Fries. “We will be able to showcase the peaks around Waterville Valley as well as the natural features of the National Forest.”
The weekend will include intense hiking for some, but will also offer gentler hikes for families or those seeking easier challenges, plus games and entertainment.
Friday, August 16
Hikes can be done on Saturday and Sunday, but hikers can choose to summit one of the mountains on Friday. Event organizers encourage a warm-up hike on Friday to one of the many scenic peaks in Waterville Valley.
5-9 p.m. Welcome Hikers Reception* (Corcoran Pond Beach)
5:30-7:30 p.m. Endless Summer Beach Bash (Corcoran Pond Beach)
7-9 p.m. Campfire, beach volleyball (Corcoran Pond Beach)
* Hiker check-in. Family members or friends not hiking the five peaks may sign-up for shorter hikes or activities. Summer Unlimited activities available to anyone lodging in Waterville Valley at a Summer Unlimited property.
Saturday, August 17
Hikers bag two, three or more peaks
10 a.m. Guided family hike to Goodrich Rock
2-4 p.m. Indoor climbing wall at the Waterville Valley Recreation Department
Rey Center staff available for conservation talk on Welch Ledge
Afternoon & evening entertainment in Town Square, including a free outdoor concert from 5:30-8:30 p.m. with “Nobody’s Fault.”
Dinner on own
Sunday, August 18
“Alive After Five” hikers bag two or three more peaks
10 a.m. Guided hike to Welch Ledge
3 p.m. Cook out and prizes awarded to “Alive After Five” hikers – sponsored by Woodstock Inn’s 4000 Footer IPA Beer
There is no fee to participate in the Denali Challenge. Participants will receive a special commemorative gift. There is a charge for the cookout and event T-shirt. Sponsors include Woodstock Inn’s 4000 Footer Beer, the Waterville Valley Foundation and the Waterville Valley Resort Association.
Learn more by calling 1-800-GO VALLEY or www.visitwatervillevalley.com.