One day, Outerthere Host Anna and her bff Carla decided to go on a casual walk that accidentally turned into a 17-mile hike. Apparently, they only took a 5-minute break the entire 17 miles. So, to finish that hike, they’d say, “Onward!” to motivate each other to keep going. Ooookay. It was crazy but that's how the Onward Challenge (and hashtag) was born.
The #Onward Challenge kicked off in 2021 with a 36.5 mile "ultra" hike-a-thon that took fam over 7,350 feet of elevation change over 15 weeks from January to April. Each hike has its own challenges, testing your stamina and endurance in extreme weather conditions. But when you're done, you're never going to forget what you accomplished.
And in 2022, we're doing it again, but faster* and at new mountains!
SEASON 2 SCHEDULE
Jan 15, 2022, Onward Challenge 1 at Bull Hill - 5.4 miElevation gain1,391 ft
Feb 19, 2022, Onward Challenge 2 at Bear Mountain - 5.7 mi Elevation gain 1,269 ft
Mar 19, 2022, Onward Challenge 3 at Harriman State Park - 6.8 miElevation gain1,788 ft
Apr 16, 2022, Onward Challenge 4 at Black Rock Forest - 8.4 miElevation gain1,377 ft
May 14, 2022, Onward Challenge 5 at Slide Mountain - 6.2 mi Elevation gain 1,794 ft
Total miles 32.5 Total elevation 7,619
When you complete all the #Onward Challenges, you'll receive a free #Onward Challenge Finisher Sweatshirt.
*The average pace of hiking 1 mile in NYC is 15 minutes. In natural terrain, it's about 30. Onward Challenge will attempt to hike 1 natural terrain mile in about 20 minutes or less. Challengers will be tested.
WHAT TO EXPECT**
8am Arrive at trailhead
8:30am Begin trip
~11am Arrive at midpoint
11:30a Begin return to trailhead
~2p Conclude trip
**Schedule is subject to change depending on trail conditions, weather, etc. Final schedule sent via email after registration.