One Step At A Time
Mt. Washington is located in the Presidential Range of New Hampshire. It is the tallest mountain in the Northeast and towers over its neighbors at an elevation of 6,288ft. It is known for erratic weather and extremely strong winds – even in the summer – and falling snow isn’t unheard of in July. To summit this majestic mountain is a monumental feat of determination and perseverance – it is hard – but not surmountable. With one step at a time, you can reach your fundraising goals and top of New England in the name of giving. Your small steps will provide uplifting hope to those who need it the most.
The guides at Northeast Mountaineering organized the first AidClimb in 2013 and have done one climb each year. Each climb is different and special but they all have been a great success because of the generous giving and contributions from people like you! We are honored to have given over $30,000 to those in need.
AidClimb 2017: Touch The Sky For Wounded Veterans
In the past, we have had a rotating beneficiary for AidClimb. This year we made a permanent change to partner with Boston Wounded Vet Run and Wounded Vet Expeditionary Group to raise money for severely wounded veterans in New England.
Army Cpl. Paul Skarinka
Wounded in Iraq
Army Cpl. Paul Skarinka. Paul suffered a severed artery and serious damage to his left arm and leg. The injury was sustained by a rocket-propelled grenade explosion while serving in Iraq. Paul underwent 22 surgeries, but unfortunatley his leg had to be amputated. He is now living with his wife and two children in the in the Southshore of Mass. Paul volunteers when capable as a firefighter in the Town of Plympton. He inspires to continue to be a paramedic, helping others.
Marine Sgt Joshua Bouchard
Wounded in Afghanistan
Marine Sgt Joshua Bouchard served as an infantryman in Afghanistan in 2009. While deployed, Josh lost his left leg and suffered a spinal injury when his Humvee was destroyed by an IED. The explosion killed two fellow Marines and wounded a third. He currently lives in Granby, Massachusetts and utilizes a wheel chair from an injury that has left him paralyzed. This May, we ride for Josh.
Specialist Brandon Boyd
Wounded in Iraq
Specialist Brandon Boyd served in the U.S. Army as an infantryman during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Due to injuries he sustain in combat, Brandon must also rely on a wheel chair because of a spinal injury. Brandon currently resides in New Hampshire and hopes to ride again himself one day. We look forward to honoring him this May with thousands of people who enjoy his same hobby.
Spc Kenny Butler
Wounded in Iraq
Spc Kenny Butler was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division who served in combat during with a tour in Iraq. During his tour, he was severely injured resulting in the loss of his right arm due to an explosion. Kenny currently resides in Weymouth, MA with his wife and son.
SSG Brie Sullivan
Wounded in Afghanistan
SSG Brie Sullivan was a member of the Massachusetts National Guard. During a combat deployment to Afghanistan, she was gravely wounded when a rocket propelled grenade struck her convoy. The explosion shattered parts of her face costing her the loss of an eye ball and a traumatic brain injury. She has made a steady recovery and we are ready to welcome her as our second woman veteran.
AidClimb 2015: Touch The Sky For Nepal
The April 2015 Nepal earthquake killed more than 9,000 people and injured more than 23,000. It occurred on 25 April, with a magnitude of 7.8M or 8.1M. Its epicenter was east of the district of Lamjung. It was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal–Bihar earthquake.
The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 19, making April 25, 2015 the deadliest day on the mountain in history. The earthquake triggered another huge avalanche in the Langtang valley, where 250 people were reported missing.
Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with entire villages flattened, across many districts of the country. Centuries-old buildings were destroyed at UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley, including some at the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar Squar, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Changu Narayan Temple and the Swayambhunath Stupa. Geophysicists and other experts had warned for decades that Nepal was vulnerable to a deadly earthquake, particularly because of its geology, urbanization, and architecture.
AidClimb 2014: Touch The Sky With Boston Fire Department
On January 22nd, 2014, Engine 33 of the Boston Fire department lost one of its beloved men. Frankie Flynn, a 28 year veteran of the department, died after a short battle with lung cancer. Frankie’s untimely death left a hole in all of our hearts. He left behind a wife and a 16 year old son. Only 2 months later , on March 26th, our firehouse suffered another tragic blow when we lost two more of our own in a 9 alarm fire on Beacon Street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. Mike Kennedy and Ed Walsh died bravely trying to extinguish this tremendous fire that resulted in the destruction of the whole building. Ed left behind a wife and 3 children and Mike left many loving family members and friends.
All three of the men had big hearts , big smiles and contagious personalities. They loved theirs job, life and their families and friends.
AidClimb 2013: Touch The Sky With Jake Hoffman
On January 21, 2013, a tragic fire at The Rolling Green apartments at UMass Amherst claimed the life of Jake Hoffman. Not only did this horrific accident take Jake’s life all too soon, it left 22 UMass students displaced. For some, such as Jake’s roommates, the fire claimed everything they owned. They were left with nothing.
For those of you who know Jake, he was always the life of the party. His contagious personality was always bringing people together. What better way to celebrate his life than hold a fundraiser in his memory, and help raise money for all those in need?