Waterville Valley hosts Denali Challenge

With more than a dozen 4,000-foot peaks surrounding Waterville Valley, NH the invite is being issued to climb five of them in a single weekend of intense hiking, fun, and entertainment. This is Waterville Valley’s 4th annual 5 Summit Challenge, a 20,000-foot total that is almost the height of the highest point in the U.S., Alaska’s Mount Denali.

The event, nicknamed “The Denali Challenge” will be held August 12-13 at the resort in the middle of the White Mountain National Forest.

The peaks are Tecumseh, Osceola East and West, Welch and Dickey. All of them have a combined elevation equaling that of Denali, the highest Mountain Peak in North America.  Plus there are guided hikes for families.

Waterville Valley’s proximity to some of New England’s highest peaks makes it a great hiking location any day of the week. Participants in the 5 Summit Challenge will hike (or try to hike) five peaks. There will be a choice of 14 mountains to climb and the five peaks chosen must equal 20,000 feet or higher. 

This year the peaks are:
Tecumseh (4,003)
Welch (2,605)
Dickey (2,734)
Snow’s (2,800)
North Peak Tripyramid (4,180)
Middle Peak Tripyramid (4,140)
South Peak Tripyramid (4,100)
Mt. Osceola (4,340)
Mt. Osceola East (4,156)
The Scaur (2,200)
Goodrich Rock (2,200)
Noon Peak (2,976)
Jennings Peak (3,460)

Participation in the weekend is free and those who conquer five will be proclaimed “Alive After Five.”

The weekend will include intense hiking for some, but will also offer easier hikes for families and entertainment, with the performances from Doug Thompson on Friday 6-9pm, and Lil’ Penny on Saturday 6-9pm. 

5 peaks, 3 days

5 peaks, 3 days