Hikers will depart various trail heads to ascend one or more peaks on
October 1-3 2021, rain or shine.
As a Military Veterans Charitable Initiative, High Peaks challenges those in proximity to the Catskills Region in Southeastern New York to top all 35 high peaks in a single day in support of local veterans in need.
Please visit Catskill Mountaineer for additional peak information. Please review the type of hike for the peak before signing up (trail vs bushwhack).
If you are interested in participating but prefer local NJ options, there are several recommended areas to hike. Areas include:
Rancocas State Park
Valley Forge National Park
Franklin Parker Preserve
Black Run Preserve
This event is not restricted to the Catskills or to southern NJ - it can be completed anywhere!
If you are signing up to participate locally, please select 'Local Option' in the peaks list.
Whether hiking in the Catskills, locally in NJ, or elsewhere, participants are asked to hold up a sign with a veteran's name and take a picture on the day of the event to honor those who served. Masks are recommended in order to be included in the post event picture collage.Mask on selfies are strongly encouraged!
What is the Catskills High Peaks Challenge?
Veterans and supporters are challenged to put teams of hikers on regional mountain or hill top summits in celebration of Military Service. In a coordinated fashion, hiking teams summit to display signs commemorating past or current service personnel. Team members also contribute to a local veteran or military charity of choice and Lockheed Martin maximizes the impact with a matching contribution.
High Peaks events will be conducted wherever there is a regional interest. In the US in the Catskills in New York, collaborating Mil Vet Chapters will attempt to summit all thirty-five Catskill high peaks in a single day. There is a similar effort in the US and Canadian regions near the Adirondacks in New York. The hiking teams, grouped by ability and personal preference, will depart various trail heads concurrently to ascend one or more peak, rain or shine. Other mountainous regions may be able to model and adapt the event to local conditions. Regions without appreciable high peaks may opt for any safe promontories or destinations of note that are popular with hikers. No regions are exempt, even Florida has a 345' high point, Britton Hill.
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