July 25, 2012
Eric Larsen, polar explorer and DeLorme ambassador, is climbing seven of the tallest peaks in the Pacific Northwest to raise money for Big City Mountaineers and their program to introduce urban youth to the great outdoors.
Seven for Someone – Mt Rainier, photo courtesy of Eric Larsen.
“Our hope is that the seven peak climb will not only raise funds and awareness for Big City Mountaineers, but for the greater cause of connecting people to the outdoors,” says Eric. “Climbing, hiking and just being active in the outdoors can help create transformational opportunities for kids that desperately need them.”
You can learn more about Eric’s 7 Peaks for $7K! challenge and contribute to his effort at his Summit for Someone site. People who donate $50 will receive a sweet Seven for Someone t-shirt and contributors at the $100 level will be entered to win a prize package with gear from expedition sponsors. If you’re attending Outdoor Retailer you can purchase one of Eric’s Seven for Someone t-shirts at the DeLorme booth for $20 on Thursday when Eric visits to share about his expedition and sign autographs.
DeLorme is proud to be a sponsor of Eric’s Summit for Someone event and I am particularly excited having gone on my own Big City Mountaineers Summit for Someone hikes in the past to Mt Langley and the Grand Teton. Their program is truly remarkable. I think those of us that have grown up in the outdoors and make our living from it have a responsibility to share that experience with others. I know I will always remember climbing Pleasant Mountain here in Maine with my parents when I was a kid. It’s not the tallest peak but it got me started. If any of you are aspiring climbers I highly recommend you seek out a Summit for Someone adventure of your own!
By letting all of us follow along with him using DeLorme’s inReach two-way satellite communicator, Eric is sharing his experience with people all over the world and supporting BCM with his seven summits challenge. You can climb with him by watching his track and reading his posts on his MapShare
. I was very excited to follow along as he climbed the first of his seven peaks.
Mt Rainier, WA
Mt Hood, OR
Mt Saint Helens, WA
Eric will be finishing his 7 Peaks for $7K! challenge next week and I encourage all of you to follow along with him and donate to his BCM climb. Eric, his sponsors, and most importantly the kids that BCM expose to the great outdoors will most definitely appreciate it!
July 20, 2012
Last night’s Get Out More Tour presentation by Sheri and Randy Propster was a lot of fun. A quick thank you to both of them for letting me participate. I took more notes on all the gear that I need to update in my kit… so many new things to see, it really was impressive. Sheri and Randy were even nice enough to let me try out a few things on tomorrow’s hike, I can’t wait for that!
I’ve included a video clip of their talk about the inReach for those that couldn’t make it.
I’m working with the Mt Washington Observatory team to pass out PN-60w & inReach devices to 10 different groups and individuals who are getting ready to climb Mt Washington tomorrow. You can watch them start their hike in the morning between 6am and 9am with everyone finishing up around 5pm. It will be great to see all those hikers approaching the summit from different trails. Sheri and Randy will be showing off the climb at their Get Out More Tour booth at the after party too. People can check it out and send a message to hikers still on the climb. Here’s the link to the Seek the Peak MapShare page.
Seek the Peak MapShare Page
I will be carrying the inReach labeled Team DeLorme 1 tomorrow so feel free to send me a message. For people on the hike, I have a few small prizes in my pack if you mention that you read this blog… look for the group of hikers wearing the DeLorme hats!
Send a message to any of the hikers and wish them well. The profile from Topo North America sets the elevation gain at 4,350 feet from the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center to the Mt Washington Observatory. That’s a pretty significant climb that will get everyone’s attention! A word of encouragement always helps…
We hope to hear from you while we’re on the climb. Now get outdoors!
July 18, 2012
This post is for all you serious gear junkies out there. Backpacker Magazine’s Get Out More Tour is stopping at the EMS store in North Conway, NH this Thursday evening, July 19th from 7 to 8:30 pm, and it’s your chance to be part of one of the best backpacking and hiking presentations I’ve ever seen!
Sheri and Randy Propster are the hardcore hikers behind the Get Out More Tour and they are bringing their trail knowledge to EMS to share with outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels. Whether you’re brand new to the back country or a seasoned thru-hiker they have great information to share with you.
I was able to attend their event in Portsmouth, NH last week where they were nice enough to let me set up a table to talk with guests about DeLorme’s inReach device. I was very impressed with how much information they fit into their presentation and found myself taking photos and notes on all kinds of cool gear that they use on their trips. At the end of the presentation they answered questions from the crowd and then gave away a ton of great prizes from all of their sponsors.
Hopefully my brief introduction to their event has caught your attention because they are going to be at the North Conway, NH EMS tomorrow and I will be setting up a DeLorme table again. I would strongly encourage anyone that is within a reasonable drive of North Conway to put this on their schedule for tomorrow evening… and that’s not just because they are going to be giving away a ton of cool prizes including some bonus goodies from DeLorme. If you’re a gear junkie like I am you’ll really appreciate all the information that Sheri and Randy have to share from their hiking adventures.
Seek the Peak – Mt Washington Hike-A-Thon…
For those of you that can’t make it to North Conway’s EMS on Thursday, the Get Out More Tour will be at the Seek the Peak event on Saturday, July 21st to support the Mt Washington Observatory fundraiser.
The DeLorme Outing Club will also be participating in the event. You can follow our progress along with 10 other hikers from the huge group of participants at our MapShare site once everything gets under way on Saturday.
I’ll be carrying some fun prizes with me so be sure to say hello if you see me on the trail. Mention this blog post for a prize… while supplies last!
See you on the trail!
Okay, I have to share this… as I was getting ready to submit my blog post I got an inReach message from Sheri and Randy Propster from the summit of Mt Washington. How cool is that?! Nothing like a little inReach in action to share in the moment. Come out to EMS on Thursday or the Seek the Peak event on Saturday and join in the excitement!