Great news! Not only has the Eagle County Public Health Department approved our event, we just received word that the campground limitations have been lifted and the 200 men max capacity has been reinstated. LET’S ROLL!
On to some important updates:
Transportation/Food: Next week, we will put out a list of men from each locale (Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, Colorado, etc.) for purposes of ride sharing out to Camp Hale and back. Traveling out with other men is a priceless “windshield time” that cannot be duplicated. We will do this within any applicable COVID restrictions, expectations and preferences. Start thinking about your travel logistics. As far as food goes, you can work with your group that you come out with to decide whether you cook in camp or go into town for food. On Wednesday night, our Des Moines men will host the annual all camp dinner at a minimal cost. We will also have lunch at a spot near the trailhead on Friday afternoon as you all come down off the mountain.
SWAG : Peak Challenge never fails to answer the bell when it comes to swag. Have we got some great things lined up for you this year! Hoodies – we are making the leap from shirts to hoodies this summer. You have all given us your shirt size at registration. If you want the hoodie to be a bit roomier than your shirt size, you will need to specifically tell us very soon. Email us with your change if that is what you want to do.Caps – We are working with our friend that will put together the hoodies to give us a refresh on the Peak Challenge caps. These are going to be very cool so stay tuned. Finisher award – We have done wood cuts in the past, but this year, we are teaming up with a cool running event company to put together a customized award that can sit on your desk or shelf at work or at home. Challenge coin – we have some incredible challenge coins ready to go this year that commemorate one of our leaders who died in the mountains before Peak Challenge in 2019. Can’t wait to share the designs on these items!
Training Plans/Mountains: Discipline and consistency. Two key words. Just start. Do not try to eat the elephant in one bite! Walk, run, climb, bike. Find someone to keep you accountable. You got this! We will be hiking Mt Sherman on our last day (Friday am) and that will be for all men. Even though some of you may not hike, we want you to be at the trailhead area where we set up so that everyone shares in the excitement of cheering men home as they come off the mountain. No man left behind. As for our optional hike for men on Thursday, We are considering Huron Peak, Bierstadt/Evans and a few more. Stay tuned.
Excursions: Whitewater information is up on the website. Thanks John Harris and his team that help pull this together every year! As noted on the website, Noah’s Ark is the whitewater outfitter. They would like registrants to use “Peak Challenge Men’s Retreat” as the organization as well as use the “Peak21” discount code when they sign up. We also to give a shout out to Terry Niemoth (a Peak Challenge veteran) for pulling together data for ziplining and ATV riding. See the spreadsheet attached. Remember – all of these are at your own cost and we have negotiated discounts for some activities. Start planning now and make your reservations for these excursions!
COVID planning: It is likely that all restrictions may be gone by the time of our experience. Regardless, we are planning as best as we can to make this year’s event happen within requirements that may still be in place by various governmental agencies. One big factor will be having high numbers of vaccinated men. That will be very helpful in dealing with local public health officials. Plan on bringing hand sanitizer and masks. We have a COVID plan in place for the campground if needed and will work with local officials to ensure compliance. We will provide regular updates.
Prayer: Pray for rain in Colorado. We need there to be sufficient moisture to avoid fire restrictions that could severely limit our use of campfires at night. Campfire time is one of the greatest joys at Peak Challenge. Pray for more men to commit to get off the grid this summer and come see what this Peak Challenge thing is all about. Invite friends. Send them to the website. If you need invite cards, we have them! May is usually our biggest sign up period so do not hold back on getting the word out!
The Peak Challenge Team