All proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Association, the world leader in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Funds from 48 Peaks support The Longest Day, an Alzheimer’s Association event that honors caregivers and challenges teams to fight Alzheimer’s from sunrise to sunset. To learn more about the Association, visit alz.org.
Someone I know is struggling with Alzheimer’s. What can I do?
Connect with the Alzheimer’s Association ASAP. All of their services are completely free-of-charge for families. They offer care consultations, caregiver trainings, legal and financial advice, support groups, and more. For more information, visit alz.org or call the 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.
Why 48 Peaks?
In the White Mountains, there are 48 Peaks at more than 4,000 feet of elevation. For New England hikers, climbing all of them is a well-known challenge. For some people, it takes just a summer or two to complete the task; for others, it takes decades. But, everyone who climbs all 48 Peaks is officially deemed a “Peak Bagger.” The Appalachian Mountain Club maintains a list of all the Peak Baggers who’ve successfully climbed the 48 Peaks. Since it’s such an epic challenge, we thought it would be awesome and inspiring to mobilize the Alzheimer’s community and climb all 48 in just a weekend.
Do I need to climb ALL 48 Peaks?
In one weekend?! No way…we don’t think that’s even physically possible! We’ll have 50+ teams altogether, and each team is assigned just ONE peak. Collectively, we’ll cover all 48 Peaks in 48 Hours, but your team is just responsible for a single peak. If you’d like to climb more than one, awesome. We’re only tracking your assigned peak, but we’ll still root you on super hard!
Which peak should I climb?
After you get registered, our all-star volunteer committee will be in touch. They’ll help you choose the peak that works best for your team. If you know which one you want to climb, just let us know and we’ll make it happen. If you’re not sure, that’s totally cool too — we can guide you to a good choice. As we get close to the weekend of June 10, we always do some last-minute shuffling to make sure we have every peak covered. But, don’t worry! We’ll make sure you climb the mountain of your dreams!
Do I need to be an experienced hiker to participate?
Experienced? No. Fit? Yes. We definitely encourage teams to bring non-hikers along. In the past, 48 Peaks has been an awesome way to introduce friends and family to the outdoors. In our 2015 event, a few participants climbed Mount Washington (6,288 feet) as their first hike ever! But, at the same time, 4,000-footers are no joke. People die in the White Mountains every year, so please don’t take it lightly. You don’t need to have a team full of experts, but you should have at least 1-2 team members who know their stuff.
Which day should I hike?
48 Peaks is scheduled for June 10-11. That’s a Saturday and Sunday. Assuming we have good weather on both days, either day is fair game to climb your peak. Just coordinate with your team and figure out what works best. However, if the weather’s looking iffy on either day, we’ll let everybody know and STRONGLY encourage teams to hike on the nicer day. Weather can change very quickly in the White Mountains. Pulling off this awesome challenge is important to us, but it’s way more important to make sure everybody makes it back in one piece. So, please be smart and stay super, super safe!
What happens if there’s bad weather?
Oh no…the weather question…you jinxed it! Just kidding. This is a super serious concern. 48 Peaks is scheduled for June 10-11. You can hike on either day, whichever works best for your team. But, being safe is the #1 priority, so PLEASE hike on the day with the best conditions. If we get REALLY unlucky, we’ll have nonstop thunderstorms from June 10-11. If that’s the case, the rain dates are June 17-18. Again, pulling off this awesome challenge is important to us, but it’s way more important to make sure everybody makes it back in one piece. So, please be smart and stay super, super safe!
What happens if I can’t hike the same day as everyone else?
This one’s inevitable. Let’s say you’re dying to do this event, but you’re not in town from June 10-11. Or, the weather throws off your plans and you have to hold off until a later weekend. Or, you have to take your dog to the vet last-minute. Can you still be part of 48 Peaks? Of course! The idea is to collectively climb all 48 Peaks in 48 Hours. But, this is a charity event, not the Olympics. So, just make sure the day is meaningful for you and your team. If that means you have to hike on another day, no sweat. Just make sure you rock your 48 Peaks shirt and raise some Alzheimer’s awareness out on the trails!
How do I plan my hike?
The best resource for White Mountain hiking is the Appalachian Mountain Club’s White Mountain Guide. It has great tips for safety and trip planning, and it includes frequently updated trail descriptions for over 500 trails. Another great resource is 4000footers.com. Need some more help? Just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens if my team can’t reach our assigned peak?
The goal is to reach all 48 Peaks in 48 Hours, and we’d love to make that happen again. But, if your team is unable to reach your summit, there’s probably a good reason for it. So, it’s not the end of the world! Safety is our #1 concern. If weather takes a bad turn or your team realizes you’re in over your head, PLEASE turn back.
How big does a team need to be?
In general, it’s not recommended that you hike by yourself. We’d say teams should be at least 3 people (for safety reasons), but that’s not totally set in stone. As far as an upper limit, there really is none. We’ve had teams as big as 20 people. But, keep in mind: the bigger the team, the harder it will be to stick together. So, I guess it’s really up to you. If you want our honest answer, we’ve found that teams of 8-10 are pretty perfect.
What safety concerns should I keep in mind?
The three big ones are weather, time, and hydration. Again, weather can be dangerous and unpredictable in the White Mountains. Hikers die every single year, and it’s usually because the weather changed quickly and dramatically. So, please be extra cautious if you see storm clouds rolling in. To help with that, start your hike EARLY, as storms usually happen in the afternoon. We recommend starting by 6AM or 7AM. Some of these hikes can take up to 12 hours, so you want to leave yourself plenty of time to make it back — especially if you’re climbing with any inexperienced hikers. Last but not least, don’t get dehydrated! Bring plenty of water (or Gatorade) and take lots of water breaks.
How much money do I need to fundraise?
The #1 goal of 48 Peaks is to raise a bunch of money to fight Alzheimer’s. Our suggested fundraising minimums are $100/participant and $1,000/team, and our volunteer committee is standing by to help you be as successful as possible. We have lots of fundraising tips up our sleeve that we’d love to share. Don’t worry, though: if you come up a little short, we’re not going to charge your credit card!
Can I mail in check donations?
Absolutely! If you’re collecting checks, make them payable to the “Alzheimer’s Association.” Then, just drop them in the mail and send them to the Alzheimer’s Association at 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Once they’re processed, we’ll soft-credit the donation amount to your fundraising page!
48 Peaks in 48 Hours. In one big collective effort, we’re climbing all of New Hampshire’s 4,000-footers in a single weekend. One team for each peak, with the Alzheimer's cause driving it all.
Why? Because, when there's strength, there's hope. For those facing Alzheimer’s, 48 Peaks is a reminder that we’re strong. That we can overcome struggles and conquer mountains. That, no matter how hard things get, this disease can never break our spirits.
By climbing, we’re honoring the people we know who’ve been touched by this disease:
The spouses we care for
The parents who’ve been diagnosed
The grandparents who fight bravely
The caregivers who love unconditionally
And, all the loved ones we've lost
48 Peaks is a tribute to their strength, love, and commitment. It’s the grand gesture that this extraordinary community deserves.