by Dick Healy
The leaves are turning brown, orange and red as fall season quickly
approaches New England’s mountains which means skiing/snowboarding can’t be
far off. Yet well in advance of snow on slopes and XC trails at Whiteface
Mountain, NY, Mt Manadnock, NH and Mount Mansfield, VT, hikers are out in
force scaling the summits.
Cathy Terwilliger, sales and marketing
director for COINS USA, a construction solutions software company, says
she’s in charge for the second year in a row of an event called the COINS 3
“ We bring together teams from firms
involved in the construction industry to raise money for a charitable
fundraising challenge/climb on all three mentioned mountains,” says
Terwilliger. “Fifteen teams participated last year and, that has now
increased to 20 teams for this year’s challenge.”
The first mountain challenge will start at
the base of Whiteface from the Atmospheric Science Research Center at 1:20
p.m. with teams consisting of four hikers and two support crew members to
drive hikers between the designated mountains.
Terwilliger emphasizes that there will be a series of five briefings to
check equipment and receive communication radios and other gear. Hiking
teams will be staggered in their ascent, climbing the Hazleton Trial to the
Following Whiteface the teams will drive
to a checkpoint in Brattelboro, VT, stay over and get a pre-dawn start
Sunday for the Manadnock challenge, that will be followed the same day to
challenge Mt. Mansfield.
All in all, Terwilliger figures the
24-hour time is made up of 10-hours fixed driving and 14-hours of hiking
time. COINS works with a company called Grand Dynamics on safety for the
3-Peaks event. And with any undertaking of this nature, permission by the
proper authorities was approved in advance from all three locations.
Each team has a fundraising target of $5,000.