2020 has been a year!
COVID-19, wildfires, forest closures and poor air quality have wreaked havoc on our adventure plans. So we're are extending some of the deadlines to give you more time to finish your challenge.
End Dates by Challenge
Here are the end dates for each of the challenges, in alphabetic order:
- Arizona Summer: 10/31
- Central Oregon: 10/31
- Colorado Rockies: 10/31
- New England: Extended from 9/30 to 10/31
- Northern California: 12/31
- Pacific Northwest: Extended from 9/15 to 10/31
- Southern California: 12/31
Some peaks are currently closed due to fires or fire hazard.
In Southern California, all but a few of the 18 available peaks are currently closed, though some will likely reopen in time for hiking again in 2020. If you are determined to hike six specific peaks, you may be disappointed, but we are confident that there will be six or more peaks available for hiking this fall.
For the Arizona Summer challenge, Bill Williams Mountain remains closed due to fire risk. O'Leary Peak is accepted as an alternate.
Personally, I still have two more peaks to finish the SoCal challenge, and four more to finish the Central Oregon challenge. I was hoping (and still am) to squeeze in one more, either the Arizona Summer challenge and/or the NorCal challenge, but the way this year has gone so far, we'll see what happens.
If like me, you are waiting for the air quality to improve, be sure to log any hikes you've already finished so you can earn your place on the Finishers List, and the coveted embroidered finisher patch.
And check out the trip reports from other challengers. It's a great way to stay connected while we wait for the skies to clear.