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High Altitude for Haiti - R.E.A.C.H. for the summit!

Mt. Grays and Mt. Torreys
Clear Creek County, Colorado - 2012

During the summer of 2012, Megan Bean hiked to the very top of the 14-thousand foot tall peak, Mt. Grays, to raise money Heifer International for their R.E.A.C.H. program. This was her first 14er, and her second Team Moo Canoe challenge. Check out her videos about her project and follow us on Facebook for announcements about upcoming challenges.

Some things you might want to know about the challenge:

  • The hike is a 3.5 mile, 3,040 foot climb to the top. We'll need lots of water!
  • Some of the wildlife we will see includes mountain goats, pikas, and marmots.
  • The first ascent was done by Charles Parry in 1861.

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Megan's big climb day - September 15, 2012


Pre-climb video


How to pack for a hike


Q&A with Megan Bean (from WordArk Magazine, Donna Stokes)
The Ripple Effect

In September, Megan bean, age 11, climbed Mt. Grays and Mt. torreys with dad Rob bean and a special stuffed Heifer cow that made the entire trip on her backpack. the hike up the 14-ers, with an altitude gain of more than 3,000 feet, took nine hours, roundtrip.

Her dad said that when she made it to the summit of Grays Peak it was especially gratifying because he knew how hard she worked to get there. "to watch your child struggle is hard, but to also watch them stretch beyond what they think they could accomplish was really special, something i will never forget," he said.

Megan answered a few questions after the successful summit.

World Ark: What was the best part?

Megan Bean: the whole hike was fun, but the top was really cool. it was great to be up so high and be able to see across half of the state, but it was also a little nerve wracking to look back down the steep slopes to the valleys below.

What was the most challenging?

The hardest part of the hike was probably going down, because you kept turning each corner, thinking the hike would be over, but then you'd remember where you were, and we still had a few more miles to go.

Did you get any blisters?

Yes, the strangest blister I have ever gotten, right under my toenail. But it didn't slow me down.

Did you run out of water or get hungry?

No, we had just enough to make it up and down the mountain. My dad ran out of water, but I shared some of mine with him.

What kind of encouragement and support did you get from your family, friends and your community?

My dad helped me post pictures and videos on the big Moo Canoe facebook page, and many people left comments and encouragement there. A teacher at my school sent out a link to the interview I did, and now people at school know I am the Heifer girl, and they think what I am doing is neat. At church I received a lot of generous donations from people, and many of my family members helped out by sponsoring my climb. My dad was the biggest supporter of my project from the time I first got the idea until the time we got in the car to leave the mountain.


Megan on the summit

Big Moo Canoe featured in Word Ark Magazine (2/19/2012)

The Ripple Effect - The Big Moo Canoe's founder aims to reach rural Haitian families in need with every dip of a paddle on his marathon adventures.


Mt. Grays and Mt. Torreys

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