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Jun 21

Summer Solstice

June 21

June 21st marks the solstice and the start of Summer. It's the longest day of the year in terms of daylight hours. And it marks the beginning of peak adventure time (pun intended).

Snow is beginning to melt out on mountains that have been covered all spring. The longer days mean you can sneak in a hike after work. And it's the perfect time to tackle the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge.

If you are just getting started, here are a few proposed schedules to help you complete the challenge.

Some of the challenges end on October 31st, mainly due to the change in weather and the possibility of snow. If you're tackling a challenge in one of these areas, plan to hike two of the peaks each month (July, August and September). This gives you a buffer against shoulder season weather and flexibility to bag that final peak before the challenge ends.

Challenges in some of the warmer zones run through the end of December. You can hike one peak a month through the end of the year and complete the challenge. And of course, some of you will go bold and look to finish the challenge in six weeks, or even six days. We've had a few challenges complete the challenge in even shorter times (<48 hours, though I wouldn't recommend it).

They key is to gather your hiking buddies, sit down with your calendar and plan your hikes. Give yourself some flexibility so you can adjust when life gets in the way.

And don't forget to share those epic sunrise and sunset shots!


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