Wilderness Heals

Thank you for visiting the Wilderness Heals blog. Wilderness Heals is an all-women, three-day annual pledge hike that benefits the Elizabeth Stone House (ESH), a Boston-based emergency shelter, transitional housing program, and therapeutic community that provides services to women and children who are escaping violence and overcoming trauma. By encouraging hikers to set challenging physical, emotional, and financial goals, Wilderness Heals mirrors the experiences of hundreds of women who have sought help from the Stone House. Committing to hike is a way to grow personally while simultaneously standing in solidarity with women of the Stone House and women everywhere who are working to overcome the effects of violence in their lives.
Wilderness Heals 2011 will take place July 15-17, 2011. Registration materials may be downloaded here.
Go here to view the 2011 routes, and visit our Who's Who page to meet this year's team leaders and Recruitment Committee members.
Want to learn more? Visit our list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Still have questions? Contact Erika Whyte, Wilderness Heals event coordinator, at 781-726-0551 or ewhyte@elizabethstone.org.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Eat Dust, Mount Fuji

Second-year hiker Monica Chopra submitted photographs from her training hike on Mount Monadnock. Because of its easy accessibility and its close proximity to Boston, Mount Monadnock is said to be the second-most-climbed mountain in the world, after Japan's Mount Fuji. Located in Cheshire Country, New Hampshire, the mountain has an estimated 125,000 climbers every year. If it is a clear day, hikers are rewarded at the 3,165-foot summit with panoramic views of all six New England states. Unfortunately, Monica's group summited in cloud cover! Below, Monica describes the hike:

On June 3, Abby, Becky, Lucy, Gina, Laura, and I set out to hike Mount Monadnock via the Marlboro Trail, which was a moderate five-mile trek, out and back.

Team leaders Abby and Becky did a fine job of guiding us up the trail to a cold, cloudy, and misty summit.

The hike itself was a great workout. We started out on smooth and comfortable terrain, which soon became a steep and rocky climb that slowed some of us.

As we neared the top, we were suddenly hit with very cold wind, which continued until the summit.

The entire hike took five hours to complete. It wasn't easy, and my legs were sore for a few days afterward. Nevertheless, it was a great way to start my hiking season.

Read more about Monica at her hiking blog here.

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