It’s time once again for indomitable peakbaggers to gather in Waterville Valley for the annual Denali Challenge. Beginning Friday, Aug. 10 and culminating on Sunday, Aug. 12, hikers are challenged to summit five peaks in and around Waterville Valley equaling 20,000 feet in elevation – equivalent to hiking Mt. Denali, the highest peak in North America.
Hikers can choose from the 13 peaks listed below to achieve 20,000 feet. Those who complete the challenge can claim the enviable title of “Alive After Five.”
Participation in the weekend is free and everyone is welcome. The hikes are not organized or guided. Hikers choose which peaks they wish to summit, then head out solo or with friends or family. Preregistration is recommended but not required – email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in at the Info Booth in Town Square on Friday, Aug. 10, from 6-8 p.m. and receive a welcome goody bag and hiker card. As you reach each summit, check it off on the card and turn the cards in at the Info Booth in Town Square on Sunday. Photos will be taken of those who have successfully completed the challenge and shared on social media so you can bask in the glory of being “Alive After Five.”
For those not inclined to peak bag (ahem…me?!), there will be guided family-friendly hikes at 10 a.m. on Saturday (to the Cascades) and Sunday (to Goodrich Rock). Guided hikes meet at the info booth in Town Square.
Denali Challenge 2018
Hike any five of the following peaks to achieve 20,000’ (or a sixth peak if elevation is needed).
North Peak Tripyramid (4180)
Middle Peak Tripyramid (4140)
South Peak Tripyramid (4100)
Mt. Osceola (4340)
Mt. Osceola East (4156)
The Scaur (2200)
Goodrich Rock (2200)
Noon Peak (2976)
Jennings Peak (3460)