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The Hike-a-Thon

The Hike-a-Thon

Pack List
Discover Outdoors Foundation
Participant Prizes

Live Adventure, Give Adventure!

Add meaning to your miles at the fourth annual Discover Outdoors Foundation Hike-a-Thon!

Gather your team or sign up solo for this day of hiking on the historic Appalachian Trail. Whether you take on the full course (eighteen miles, covering the entire AT through Harriman State Park), the two peak challenge (nine miles over West and Bear Mountains), or a Bear Mountain Summit (four mile loop) your steps will contribute toward providing life-changing outdoor experiences to New York City's Students.

This day of adventure and challenge will end with a picnic celebration at Bear Mountain State Park and an award ceremony, where our top fundraisers will receive some epic prizes from our sponsors.

All participants get a Hike-a-Thon t-shirt, prize pack, and free entry to our post-hike picnic celebration.

How to sign up:

   1. Click "register for this adventure," which will link you to the registration site.

   2. Select "Become a Fundraiser" and follow directions to create your page.

   3. To start a team, select "create team" on the following page and follow the instructions

   4. Start fundraising!

We'll have prizes for both our top individuals and our top teams, so you'll want to get fundraising right away! 

Individuals must raise a minimum of $250 and teams (of up to 5) must raise a minimum of $1,000 total.

You will be asked for your credit card to guarantee your minimum but will not be charged unless you have not reached it by 1:00 AM on 5/13/18.



Paragon Sports
Broadway and East 18th St.


Full Course Departure: Arrive at 6:00 AM for check-in. We will depart promptly at 6:15 AM
Two-Peak Challenge Departure: Arrive at 8:15 AM for check-in. We will depart promptly at 8:30 AM
Bear Mountain Summit Departure: Arrive at 10:45 AM for check-in. We will depart promptly at 11:00 AM


Shuttles will depart at various times to arrive to city between 6:00-7:30 PM


Total Miles: 18
Accumulative Elevation Gain: 4,000 feet
Technical Factors: Clear path, some minor use of hands required.


Total Miles: 9
Accumulative Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Technical Factors: Clear path, some minor use of hands required.

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Pack List

  • Your lunch
  • Ample snacks
  • At least three liters of water
  • A backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection, visit our partners.
  • Camera
  • Layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures
  • Comfortable athletic clothing
  • Hiking boots or sturdy sneakers with wool socks
  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Prize packs from our sponsors
  • Post-hike picnic
  • T-Shirt
  • Park permits
  • A brand new outdoor experience for a deserving student

Discover Outdoors Foundation

Our goal is to help every member the next generation fall in love with the outdoors, regardless of where they call home. We believe that every kid should have the chance to experience the accomplishment of climbing a mountain, the wonder of seeing a science lesson brought to life outside, the solace of a walk in the woods, and the joy of camping out with a group of friends; and NYC kids are more in need of these things than ever.  With many looking at screens more than at the world around them and with rising levels of anxiety, obesity, and learning disorders affecting our students, it’s time to act.  The outdoors has the potential to change the lives of young people if we can provide them access to it - and that is exactly our goal!

Learn more at or donate here.

Participant Prizes

Every hiker who participates in the Hike-a-Thon will receive a prize pack with goodies from:

  • Outdoor Voices 
  • The North Face
  • Dragonfly Granola 
  • Redd Bars 
  • Health Warrior
  • Field Trip Jerky 
  • Discover Outdoors

Prizes for top fundraising team include:

  • A free day trip from Discover Outdoors
  • One year Peak Membership from Discover Outdoors
  • Discover Outdoors Technical T-Shirts
  • Day passes to DUMBO Boulders (includes rentals)
  • Bags from Arc'teryx
  • More to come!

Top Fundraiser Prizes includes:

  • Prize pack from The North Face 
  • Gift cards from Outdoor Voices 
  • Backpack and gift cards from Columbia Sportswear
  • Backpack from Deuter 
  • Shoes from Vibrams
  • Prize pack from the Mile High Run Club
  • Learn to Climb Package or One-Month Membership at The Cliffs
  • More to come!