This year, the 20th Seek the Peak falls on the day after my birthday (I also happen to share this birthday with my twin, Hillary, and my partner, Brendan). Having an event so close to my heart coincide with such a significant time of year seems like a beautiful reminder to take stock of what matters most, especially now.
The coronavirus pandemic has drastically altered life for all of us. But throughout the struggles and uncertainty, I’ve found myself turning to both nature and the people I love for strength. My understanding of and love for the natural world grows every day, and for the past two years, that growth has been fueled, in part, by my time spent atop Mt. Washington in the Mount Washington Observatory (MWObs) lab.
As part of the New Hampshire Fish & Game team, I’ve had the opportunity to use the MWObs lab space to care for and study the White Mountain Fritillary, a species about which very little is known. Working with this species would not be possible without the support of MWObs and I’m honored to be hiking to support them for the third year in a row.
On my birthday, I will hike Washington (or another peak in the White Mountains, depending on the number of hikers and ability to practice social distancing) to give something back to MWObs and the natural world, which have both given me so much. So during this time when we’re reminded of the beautiful things in our world worth protecting, please join me in making this 20th Seek the Peak a success! Thank you for your support!
On July 18, 2020 I'll be climbing 6,288-foot Mount Washington, N.H. as a participant in 20th anniversary of the nation's premier hiking event Seek the Peak, in support of the legendary non-profit Mount Washington Observatory. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support my hike.
Since 1932, the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory has been observing and reporting on Mount Washington’s infamous conditions from their mountaintop weather station, maintaining one of North America's longest continuous climate records. The data they collect is utilized in forecasting models, weather reports, landmark climate research and a variety of educational outreach. Through research and education, the Observatory is working to inspire the next generation of scientists.
Please join me in supporting this legendary institution by making a donation towards my hike. All gifts are fully tax-deductible, and will help Mount Washington Observatory continue their important work in the Home of the World’s Worst Weather.
To learn more about Mount Washington Observatory, please visit MountWashington.org. For more on Seek the Peak, the nation's premier hiking event, visit www.seekthepeak.org.