Challenge Yourself to Change a Young Life

Presidential Traverse

Every year, Summit for Someone climbers join together to ascend some of the world’s most breathtaking mountains to improve the lives of under-served, urban youth. The vital funding that is raised through Summit for Someone makes it possible for Big City Mountaineers to deliver transformational wilderness mentoring expeditions to urban youth across the country in need of positive adult guidance in challenging and restorative environments.

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Presidential RangeTake your fall hiking to new heights as you journey across New Hampshire’s Presidential Ridge. This 3-day, 20-mile, above-tree line traverse will cross the summits of Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Franklin and Mt. Eisenhower. You will spend the first night camping and your second night in a hut. This will allow you to experience the incredible Appalachian Mountain Club’s hut system and give you some additional comfort. This incredible adventure brings hikers along some of the most beautiful trails in New Hampshire’s White Mountains during a peak time for fall colors.

  • Guide: Mooney Mountain Guides
    • Email:
    • Phone: 603-545-2600
  • Guide Fee (paid by BCM): $750
  • Climb Type: Backpack
  • Skill Requirement: Beginner-Intermediate
  • Location: New Hampshire’s Presidential Range
  • Elevation: 6,288 feet
  • Pledge Requirement: $3,000 (including a non-refundable $250 registration fee*)
  • Route: Presidential Traverse
  • Dates: September 15-17, 2017

*Your initial donation of $250 covers a portion of the guide fee. You may choose to donate the rest of your guide fee during registration so that 100% of the funds you raise go to Big City Mountaineers.



General Info:

    • In the spirit of alpine style climbing, we recommend that you think light and simple when packing, and avoid doubling up on similar layers.
    • Always test your layers before a trip. Outer layers should fit easily over inside layers without binding.
    • No Cotton. Cotton drains body heat when wet and is unsuitable for climbing; wear synthetic layers like capilene by Patagonia or wool or polypropylene. Cotton or cotton blends are not acceptable layers, except for a short sleeve hiking shirt and shorts.
    • Minimize the risk of blisters by wearing a thin, synthetic liner sock under your regular hiking socks. NO COTTON! Test your sock combination before the trip.
    • Bring an easily compressible down or synthetic sleeping bag.
    • Stuff sacks are great for sorting your gear. Use different colors and sizes to differentiate the contents.
    • Where appropriate we will make specific gear recommendations.
    • Keep in mind the strenuous wilderness character of these trips; gear should be light and in good repair. Minimize luxury items — an ounce of prevention is worth a pound on your back!

Clothing (no cotton)

  • 1-2 Insulating jackets- lightweight to heavyweight synthetic, pile, fleece or soft shell
  • Rain jacket w/hood
  • Rain pants
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking/ Running shorts
  • 2 pair synthetic underwear
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 1 long-sleeve shirt
  • 1 pair long underwear- wool or synthetic
  • Sun hat
  • Lightweight beanie
  • Lightweight fleece gloves


  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • 2 wool or synthetic hiking socks
  • Booties or lightweight footwear for campsite


  • 35-45 liter backpack
  • Rain cover or trash bag pack liner


  • 15-25 degree sleeping bag
  • 1 sleeping pad – Therm-a-Rest or Ridge Rest

Personal Items

  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp – LED with fresh batteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush with travel size toothpaste
  • Toilet paper with plastic Ziploc bag
  • Sanitary wipes
  • Hand sanitizer (small size)

Food & water

  • 2 32-ounce water bottles
  • Camelback (optional)
  • Lunch and snacks (PB & J, bagel, trail mix, granola bars) for 2 days
  • Plastic cup with lid, plastic bowl, lexan fork and spoon

Mooney Mountain Guides provides tents, stoves, and cooking equipment


Keep in mind that these are all projected times. Please check in with BCM or the guides before the trip to confirm meeting times. 
Day 1: Meet at 6 a.m. in Appalachian Mountain Club Highland Center at Crawford Notch. Group introductions and equipment checks will be conducted there. Drive to drop off a car then drive to the Appalachia Trailhead on the northern end of the traverse. A 9 a.m. trailhead start will allow time to attempt summit climbs of Mt. Madison and Mt. Adams then descend below tree line to the Perch tent sites for the first evening.

Day 2: Our morning departure at 7 a.m. will allow ample time to cross the above-tree line section of the traverse. The summits of Jefferson, Clay, Washington, Monroe, Franklin, Eisenhower and Pierce can be climbed or bypassed depending on conditions at the time of our climb. Our objective is the AMC Hut where we will stay for the night.

Day 3: The third day is to descend to the AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch. We will drive to the Appalachia Trailhead to pick up our cars. Estimated completion time on Day 3 is 1-3 p.m.

Travel and accommodations are not included. Climbers are responsible for their own travel reservations and the costs involved.

Travel Insurance:  We strongly encourage everyone to purchase travel insurance which covers trip cancellation, interruption, delay, baggage loss or delay, medical expenses, medical evacuation and repatriation.  Travel insurance offers the best possible protection if you have a sudden, unexpected illness or injury prior to or when traveling.  Check with the insurance provider for specific coverage details including adventure/sports coverage.   Additional cancellation coverage may be available if purchased within 14 days of making your trip deposit.  However, trip insurance can be purchased at any time prior to the start of your climb.

For more information please visit one of the websites below, or contact your local travel agent.


Arrival and Departure Dates:
You should arrive the day before your climb, and do not plan on traveling the day your climb ends – you will be tired and there are no guarantees when we will return to the trailhead.

Mooney Mountain Guides suggests Manchester, N.H. (MHT), first, then Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston as a second choice.

Manchester is the closest for this trip.

Car Rental

Manchester Airport has rental cars available.


Big City Mountaineers is committed to supporting our Summit for Someone climbers every step of the way, helping to ensure you reach your fundraising goal and have fun while doing it!

We’ll help you set up a climber donation page and assist you along the way towards your fundraising goal. We encourage you to take full advantage of the Fundraising Guide and support from the BCM staff.

Many SFS participants are first-time climbers as well as first-time fundraisers. Therefore, we not only support you prepare you for your climb, but we also fully support your fundraising efforts.

Here are some of the resources we provide to make it easy to reach your goal:

positive tracks

Know someone under 23 that may be interested in a Summit for Someone climb? Have them join your climbing team and your fundraising efforts could be doubled thanks to a grant from Positive Tracks!

BCM has partnered with Positive Tracks a national youth-centric non-profit, to help young people get active and give back through the Summit For Someone program! Positive Tracks has created a $25,000 Youth Fundraising Challenge to double funds generated by climbers ages 23 and under. Every dollar raised by young people and matched by Positive Tracks goes to BCM to transform the lives of under-served urban youth through wilderness mentoring experiences that instill critical life skills. With Positive Tracks’ help, Big City Mountaineers’ youth supporters aim to raise $50,000 for BCM, while teaching young people the rewards of making a difference using their own power!


As a thank you for all of your hard work fundraising, BCM sponsors provide our Shasta climbers with the following gear packages:

  • Jansport Klamath Pack
  • Jansport SFS Shirt
  • Jansport Summit Flag
  • Smartwool Socks
  • Columbia Fleece
  • Light My Fire Meal Kit
  • Polartec Gloves
  • Columbia Tee

You are eligible to receive your gear package once you reach your fundraising goal, or 60 days prior to your climb, whichever comes first.

You’re also eligible to earn even more gear in our monthly prize drawings. Check them out!

Mountain Gear

Mountain Gear generously stores and ships all of the SFS climber packages at no cost to BCM, so more of what you raise goes directly to youth programs! Thank you Mountain Gear!