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Photos from the Denali Challenge

August 29, 2015

The Denali 5 Summit Challenge may not be the biggest event that Waterville Valley Resort hosts each summer; but, what it lacks in numbers, it gains in altitude!

Thirty-five hikers signed up for the challenge. There were competitors from Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.  Among those who successfully summited five peaks totaling 20,000 feet (or more!) were the Brock family of Kansas who were vacationing in Waterville Valley.  Dad, Matt, and son, Alex, accepted the challenge and summited five mountains by Sunday, Aug. 16.  Margaret Turner, a Waterville Valley local, finished the challenge with gusto. The Mulder’s, a mother and son team, finished on Sunday afternoon as well.  Many of the hiking groups reached 15,000 feet of vertical and enjoyed the challenge.

For those seeking less of a challenge, the resort offered two guided family hikes.  On Saturday, Aug. 15, 21 folks enjoyed a hike to the Cascades, and on Sunday, Aug. 16, nearly a dozen people hiked to Goodrich Rock.

Team Mulder hiked five mountains totaling 20,000 feet in elevation in one weekend!

Team Mulder hiked five mountains totaling 20,000 feet in elevation in one weekend!

It looks like a rain forest expedition! These folks enjoyed a guided hike to the Cascades.

It looks like a rain forest expedition! These folks enjoyed a guided hike to the Cascades.

Everyone cooled off when they reached the Cascades.

Everyone cooled off when they reached the Cascades.

Everyone managed to squeeze in at Goodrich Rock.

Everyone managed to squeeze in at Goodrich Rock.

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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