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.

Monday, October 06, 2008

The White Mountains: A Force of Nature

Last weekend's cold snap transformed Massachusetts into a kaleidoscope of rich red, gold, and orange. But autumn arrived a lot earlier in New Hampshire. The leaves in the White Mountains peaked several weeks ago, and snow has already fallen at the higher elevations. Autumn is a lovely time to explore the Whites, but bear in mind that, while it may be warm and sunny in Boston, temperatures in the mountains will be a good 10 to 15 degrees lower than temperatures in the city. Before heading north, be sure to pack plenty of warm layers, food, and lots of water. The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine printed an excellent article about White Mountain safety last summer. The headline, "A Beautiful Place to Die," might strike some as rather alarmist, but the truth is, the White Mountains are famous for having the worst--and the most unpredictable--weather in the United States. Please remember to use common sense when embarking on any mountain adventures in the upcoming weeks and months. We want you to be around next spring for Wilderness Heals training season!

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