2020 was a tough year for all of us, but in spite of wild fires, global pandemics, park shutdowns and all the other challenges, 420 determined hikers completed the SoCal Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge.
For 2020, we offered a total of 18 peaks challengers could choose from. You could pick any six to complete the challenge. 69 challengers completed the Original Six before Mount Wilson, San Bernardino Peak and San Gorgonio were closed by wildfires. Others completed the San Diego Six. We had 33 challengers complete all 18 peaks. And we added five new Legacy Challengers, for a total of 24!
Earlier this week, we finished mailing everyone on the official finisher list a certificate of achievement and a specially embroidered “Finisher” patch.
On Sunday, January 10th we celebrated those summits with a virtual finishers party on Zoom. We toasted our 2020 adventures, played some Six-Pack of Peaks trivia, and gave away some great outdoor gear.
Special Musical Guest
We were blown away by a guest appearance from PB of Opus Orange. PB played a couple of tracks from their latest album, Miles from San Clemente (now streaming everywhere). If you've not heard of them, check out the awesome film about thru-hiking the John Muir Trail, MILE…MILE & A HALF. Not only is their music featured, but PB appears and even composes and plays music at the top of Mount Whitney!
PB's music was the perfect complement to the party, and you can check it out in the replay below.
The trivia was coordinated by our community manager Emma Massick, and competition was fierce. In the end, Jen Dooley came in first place, followed closely by Harvey Fiji and Shana Morda.
- Jen Dooley – Finishers T-Shirt
- Harvey Fiji – Six-Pack of Peaks Patch Set
- Shana Morda – Complete SoCal Six-Pack of Peaks Sticker Set (18 peaks)
Gear Giveaway Winners
Here are the winners!
- BeFree 1.0L Water Filtration System – Erin Stover and Jaci Hernandez
- LUCI Inflatable Solar Light – Lourdes Escobedo and Lacey Smith
- Six-Pack of Peaks Trucker Cap – Julie Shepherd and Fabi Gonzalez
- REI Ruckpack 18 – Teresa Butier and Tamara Reaves
- HydroFlask 21oz Water Bottle – Jennifer Vidal and Francisco Castro
- Osprey Daylite Plus 20 Day pack – Rachel Brown
- Garmin inReach Mini – Mark Maselli
By popular demand, our finisher t-shirts are now available! These have the 2020 logo on the front, and the names of all 420 finishers printed on the back.
Missed the celebration? We recorded it so you can catch the replay.
Challengers Daniel and Michelle also shared their scary story of being atop San Gorgonio when the wildfire broke out near Oak Glen. They captured some amazing-but-beautiful photos of the fire that you can see in their hike logs here and here.
And to close it out, a shout out to the awesome Super Hiking Twins, Matthew and Arabella. These 5-year old twins completed all 18 peaks!
2020 was a year to remember for many reasons, but the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge was one of the best!
Keep the fun going in 2021. You can sign-up for the challenge again and check out our other challenges, including the new-for-2021 Las Vegas challenge.