Rick Comeau, of York, Maine, heads toward the sign on the summit of Mount Washington during the Mount Washington Observatory’s eighth annual Seek the Peak hike-a-thon in 2008. Comeau was one of 250 people to hike to the top of 6,288-foot mountain to raise money for the observatory.  (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)

PINKHAM NOTCH — Hundreds of hikers will return to the White Mountains and Presidential Range for the Mount Washington Observatory’s 19th Annual Seek the Peak hike-a-thon July 19-20, the largest annual fundraiser for the summit weather station.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road is a presenting sponsor of this event, which helps to fund the amazing meteorological studies that the organization has been conducting since 1932.

“The energy and camaraderie that our participants, sponsors, volunteers and staff bring to this weekend event is inspiring,” said Executive Director Sharon Schilling. “This is a critical fundraiser for the Observatory.”

Participants raise a minimum of $200 to support the Observatory by hiking 6,288-foot Mount Washington or other peaks they choose. Individuals and teams of up to eight are eligible for chances to win valuable prizes donated by a wealth of sponsors. The first 500 people who raise the minimum receive an exclusive STP T-shirt and STP Eastern Mountain Sports backpack.

The two-day event begins July 19 with the kick-off Party and registration at the Weather Discovery Center in North Conway. On July 20 there are summit weather station tours,guided nature walks, a vendor expo and after-party at the base of Mount Washington at Great Glen Trails and the Mt. Washington Auto Road including dinner, entertainment and giveaways.

The expo begins at 2 p.m. and is a great opportunity for friends and family supporting STP hikers to go for a walk on their own and participate in raffles with expo vendors like Eastern Mountain Sports, Oboz, Big Agnes, Hyperlite Mountain Gear, Appalachian Mountain Club and others.

Presenting sponsors Eastern Mountain Sports and Mt. Washington Auto Road are back for 2019 and Oboz, an outdoor footwear manufacturer, has signed on as a new partner.

Young qualified hikers under the age of 12 will be inspired about the outdoors and nature with a special raffle sponsored by Mason & Mason Insurance.

Announcers Roy Prescott and Mark Johnson from the Mount Washington Radio Group are back to host the lively expo and after party.

Backpacker Magazine’s Get Out More Tour with its tips and gear demos return in style with tour leader Randy Propster also emceeing Saturday’s events. Backpacker Magazine and Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery are sponsoring two local Ability Plus adaptive sports teams.

New this year, the local Kennett High School Outing Club will be participating thanks to the support of Melcher & Prescott Insurance.

Ten students from the program will set out to hike Mount Washington including senior Sullivan Gaudreault who has also supported STP as an intern creating videos and marketing materials.

Other sponsors include First Light,, White Mountain Oil and Propane, Martini Northern and Northeast Delta Dental.

To learn more or register for Seek the Peak, go to or contact Krissy Fraser at (603) 356-2137, Ext 231. For more information on the Mount Washington Observatory, go to

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