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Who will be Alive After Five?

August 13, 2014

This weekend, hikers will be challenged to climb the equivalent of a trek up Denali, the highest point in the U.S., without even leaving New Hampshire!

More than a dozen 4,000-foot peaks surround Waterville Valley.  Hikers are invited to hike (or try to hike) five peaks in a single weekend – the equivalent of a 20,000-foot total ascent in three days – just about the height of Alaska’s Mount Denali!

Organizers of the Denali Five Summit Challenge selected Waterville Valley because of its location in the White Mountain National Forest, surrounded by some of New England’s highest peaks.

Denali Challenge Waterville Valley NH

Hikers can choose between the following mountains – but must choose five (or six if elevation is needed) peaks that total 20,000-feet or higher.

Denali Five Summit Challenge Peaks

Peaks:                                Elevation:

Tecumseh                          4003

Welch                                 2605

Dickey                                2734

Snows                                 2800

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

Hikers who conquer all five and 20,000 feet will be proclaimed “Alive After Five!” at a post-hike barbecue on Sunday, Aug. 17, at Legends in Waterville Valley’s Town Square.  All are invited to attend the barbecue ($10 per person), which can be paid in advance or at the door.  All “Alive After Five!” participants (21+) will be rewarded with a free Woodstock Brewery 4000-footer beer and an “Alive After Five” t-shirt!

Although the weekend will include intense hiking for some, there are easier, family-friendly hikes, including guided family hikes to Norway Rapids on Saturday, Aug. 16 (meet at Town Square gazebo at 8 a.m.) and the Cascades on Sunday, Aug. 17 (meet at Town Square Info Booth at 10 a.m.).

There is no charge to participate in the Denali Five Summit Challenge.  Register Friday night, Aug. 15, between 6 and 8 p.m. at the Information Booth in Waterville Valley Town Square.

Learn more about the Denali Five Summit Challenge >> 

Or, call 1-800-GO VALLEY.

Sponsors of the Denali Five Summit Challenge include Woodstock Inn’s 4000 Footer Beer, the Waterville Valley Foundation and the Waterville Valley Resort Association.

denali challenge


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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