Summit for a Cause

Summit- Mt. Katahdin

Join WHRL for our second annual Mount Katahdin Summit Fundraiser! 

Don’t miss this opportunity of a lifetime. Join us for a bucket-list weekend.

Eight participants will join Registered Maine Guide Hazel Stark on August 4 – 6, 2023, to experience the splendor and adventure of Mount Katahdin. 

Each participant must fundraise $1500.

In return, they will get a guided experience up Mount Katahdin — the tallest mountain in Maine with an elevation of 5269′. Participants will also receive lodging, food, a trail map, and other outdoor swag.

The money raised during this fundraiser will go towards Incredible Edible Milbridge, which provides free, pick-your-own vegetable gardens and education initiatives designed to make our community stronger, healthier, and more food independent.

Hiking Mount Katahdin is no easy feat; the hike is limited to 8 people. To be considered for this trip, you need to:

  • Be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID by the start of the hike
  • Have a negative COVID test 72 hours before the start of the hike
  • Be able to be in Millinocket, Maine, from Friday afternoon, August 4th – Sunday morning, August 6th
  • Obtain a doctor’s note that certifies your physical ability to hike up Katahdin
  • Commit to fundraising $1500 by July 1st, 2023

Weather is often unpredictable in Maine. We will plan to summit the mountain if the conditions are safe, even in the rain. However, if the conditions are dangerous (e.g., a high chance of thunderstorms), we may have to turn back before the mountain summit.

We will stay at the Katahdin Lodge at the Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground. Rooms and meals will be shared. For this reason, it is imperative that you arrive with a negative COVID-19 test and are fully boosted and vaccinated against COVID-19.

Ready to take on Katahdin?

The first phase of the application process is to get a sense of who you are and your hiking capability and secure your commitment to this trip. The application fee of $100 includes a $75 deposit which will be returned to you if you are not selected and a  non-refundable $25 application processing fee.

The application will close on March 1st!

Hazel Stark, founder of MOS, smiling.

Your Guide: Hazel Stark

Co-Founder of Maine Outdoor School, Naturalist Educator, and Registered Maine Guide.

Hazel grew up in the woods of Winterport, Maine. Identifying the tracks, scat, mushrooms, and owl sounds in these woods gave her a deeper appreciation for the natural world and a passion for sharing its wonders with others. This led her to co-found Maine Outdoor School, L3C in 2016 and become a Registered Maine Guide.

Hazel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic and a Master’s degree in Resource Management and Conservation from Antioch University New England. She loves sharing nature with others by guiding hikes, teaching outdoors, and producing a weekly radio show, The Nature of Phenology.  She is also a Wilderness First Responder.

Summit for a Cause 2022 Hikers!

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