The Mt Washington Observatory hosted their 8th annual Seek the Peak event this weekend in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The event helped raise over $97,000 to support the weather observation and reporting efforts of the Observatory. Avid hikers came from around the country and Canada to seek out the peak of Mt. Washington as the crescendo to their fundraising efforts for the non-profit.
The event kicked off at the Flatbread Co. in North Conway, NH as participants registered for the hike on Friday night. Grey skies gave way to blue on Saturday morning as hikers flooded to the Appalachian Mountain Club's Pinkham Notch Visitors Center for their 8+ mile hike up and down the mountain. After tabling at the center for several hours we headed up the mountain to check in on the progress of the participants and to conduct outreach for other visitors "seeking the peak".
The event concluded with a turkey dinner at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Subaru treated participants to a full spread and live music, as well as donated a one year lease of a Subaru Forester, while LL Bean donated a variety of prizes for the raffle proceeding the dinner. We would like to thank all the folks who raised money for the Observatory, the sponsors, and to the Observatory family who were kind enough to put us up for several days while heavy rains, high winds, and tornadoes were pummeling the area.