The 50 Peaks Challenge has surpassed the halfway point of their trip with successful summits of Mt. Marcy, Mt. Mansfield and Mt. Washington in New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. After successful climbs in the Adirondacks, Green Mountains and the White Mountains, the team has reached a tally of 27 peaks with a grand total of 24,676 vertical feet in 16 days. Melissa Arnot and Maddie Miller are now heading to the heartland next, track their progress in real time one peak and post at at time at eddiebauer.com/50peaks. —LYA Editor
Above: Most folks think New York is all skyscrapers and subways, but the north country—and the state’s 124-year-old Adirondack Park in particular—is a 6 million acre reserve of wild spaces and rocky vistas. Here the 50 Peaks Challenge team ticks the highest point in the state, 5,343-foot Mt. Marcy, on their way to summit 24 of the trip.
L to R: 1. Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in the Empire State, can be a bit of a grind. But the climb is the worth the view. Melissa Arnot and Maddie Miller ticked this Adirondack peak, bringing their #50Peaks Challenge tally to 24 peaks in 14 days. 2. Without preservation in 1892, the forests of the Adirondack park might be a distant memory. Thanks to the early vision of New York state’s conservationists, this wild zone remains a refuge—including the well-trodden path to the state’s highest peak 5,343-foot Mt. Marcy. Maddie Miller and Melissa Arnot appreciate the efforts and the view en route to summit 24. 3. Summit selfies have a formula, but the 50 Peaks Challenge takes everything to a new level—including celebrating the high point of the Empire State with a handstand. The hike in the High Peaks Region was worth a little celebration with summit 24 of the trip now complete. Check the link in the bio for the hard data stats on heart rate, mileage and vertical feet during the climb.
Above: The view of New Hampshire’s Presidential Range is a memorable one for folks who have made the trip to the northern reaches of the White Mountains. The Fifty Peaks crew enjoyed this vista briefly, after reaching the high point of before the headed further east.
L to R: 1. Melissa Arnot and Maddie Miller of the 50 Peaks Challenge, scrambling to the summit of 4,393-foot Mt. Mansfield, the highest point in Vermont’s Green Mountains. Peak 25 on their mission to tick the high point of all 50 states in 50 days. 2. Halfway home. Melissa Arnot and Maddie Miller ticking peak 25 of 50—Vermont’s Mt. Mansfield—on their 50 Peaks Challenge. 3. From the Green Mountains to the White Mountains. The 50 Peaks Challenge, ticking the 6,288-foot summit of Mt. Washington, the highest point in the Live Free or Die State. It’s a place infamous for some of the worst weather and highest winds on record, but only a quick fly by for the crew as they take the Northeast by storm.
Below: New York State of Mind. High Peaks Foliage on the hike up Marcy.
For more information on the 50 Peaks Challenge, please visit www.eddiebauer.com/50Peaks. Or follow Melissa and Maddie as they share live updates on social media at #50Peaks.
To learn more about Eddie Bauer Guide, Melissa Arnot, please visit team.eddiebauer.com or www.melissaarnot.com.
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