What a fantastic hike! Great people, perfect weather, a majestic setting. And all for a great cause.
Many thanks to each of the 35 hikers and to their sponsors. Every time we HIKE for Mental Health, we help eliminate the stigma around mental illness while we raise funds to combat the mental illnesses that touch 1 in 4 families. Together, we make a difference.
Hikers came from around the area and across the nation. Thirteen hardy souls journeyed up in a van that left from New Jersey, making stops in New York and Connecticut to pick up hikers along the way. Others came from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California to be part of Summit Mt. Washington 2013.
Just as importantly, it raised awareness of the stigma that plagues those battling mental illness as other hikers asked, “Are you part of a group?” “Yes, we are! Let me tell you about it.”
So many good memories and so many sore muscle later, it is amazing to see how the Summit Mt. Washington hike has grown in just a year – so much so that we are going to need to organize it a little more next year. Just one sign of how it is growing: While sitting in the snack bar at the summit, a man looked at Tom’s HIKE for Mental Health shirt and said, ” Wow, HIKE for Mental Health”. Then he extended his wrist to show that he was was wearing a HIKE for Mental Health wrist band. It was great to run into one of our supporters on the summit.
Last year, this hike raised $2,650 for mental health research and trail maintenance. So far this year, the hike has raised…. drum roll, please.. more than $9,500! 100% of the funds raised will go for scientific research to understand, treat, and cure mental illness and to help preserve wilderness trails.
We thank Sue Twombley who founded the hike for her vision and passion to get it going. Thanks also go to Mike from Coyote Camp, who donated dozens of easy-to-prep breakfasts from his Trekker’s Trail Magic line of hiker rations – yum!
We hope to see you next year on Summit Mt. Washington! And for folks from the New Jersey – New York interested in joining the van trip next year, be sure to sign up early – it is bound to fill up fast.
Enjoy the photo gallery! More photos will be added soon.