Women from all over New England are invited to participate in a 3-day Wilderness Heals pledge hike to raise awareness and funds for Egleston Square-based Elizabeth Stone House, an agency which provides shelter, case management, classes, and support to survivors of domestic abuse, according to a press release.
The organization, founded in 1974, aims to achieve safety, stability, and overall well-being for adult and child survivors of domestic abuse.
The hike is open to any woman, regardless of their hiking experience or if they are survivors of domestic violence or trauma or just supporters. In addition, anyone is welcome to participate as a Virtual Hiker.
The annual all-female hike will take place on July 14-16 this summer. The hike covers several parts of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, and the route options offer a range of trails accessible to individuals with varying levels of experience. Hikers spend three days hiking and two nights at Appalachian Mountain Club huts, which provide beds, blankets, dinner, and breakfast.
Nancy Owens Hess, executive director at the Elizabeth Stone House, said that each year 50 to 60 women hike as part of the event.
“It is incredibly rewarding to see so many women raise awareness and crucial, flexible funding that helps meet the needs of the families we serve,” Hess said, according to the press release.
Hikers are required to participate in one training hike, attend a mandatory safety & logistics meeting, and raise a minimum of $1,500. Round trip transportation between Boston and trailheads is provided.
Registration is open through June 21. For more information, visit elizabethstonehouse.org.