During Memorial Day weekend 2014, The Summit Project will attempt to complete our first inaugural tribute event to Katahdin. A special team of hikers, dedicated to this climb, and committed to our mission, will climb Katahdin while carrying all of our memorial stones. Once we reach the summit, we will NOT leave the stones on the peak. After a short memorial ceremony, we will carry the stones back down the mountain and retain them for future hikes, for future weekends, for future mountains. That first Katahdin team will carry the stones for the hike, but they will carry the stories for a lifetime. As the years pass, the stories of the fallen will touch the lives of countless other hikers who take on the challenge of Katahdin. We will honor the fallen by challenging the living. The positive impact of this project will have no limits.
Throughout the calendar year our stones will be carried all over Maine and beyond, but on every Memorial Day weekend, we hope to return to Katahdin and with a new team of hikers, carry all our stones to the summit. There is simply no memorial activity like this in the entire nation, perhaps the world.
This page is dedicated to our commemorative tribute hikes to Katahdin. That climb and the weekend that our Teams spend with each other and with the surviving Maine families will be emotional, healing, inspiring, challenging and unforgettable.
That story will be told here.