OCT 19-22, 2023
Fall foliage will be in full bloom as Stratton Mountain plays host to the original 29029 challenge. Join us where it all began! Fall in New England brings extreme beauty and the shortest/steepest hike on the 29029 schedule. Note that all participants will be staying in Stratton village hotels this year
This is the shortest of the 29029 routes but also the steepest. Beginning on Lower Standard ski run, the trail continues in a direct line underneath the gondola along Upper Standard to the summit. On a clear day, you can see the top of the mountain from the base. Consisting of grass, dirt and gravel, this terrain could be muddy with the variable weather conditions in Vermont during the Fall making waterproof shoes a must.
- We rent out Stratton ski mountain for 4 days to give you the opportunity to do something extraordinary
- Three nights accommodations in a Stratton village hotel. Single entry tickets are for one bed in shared room with 2 beds. You can request your roommate after purchase.
- All your food, beverage, smoothie, coffee, and alcohol for 4 days. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets accommodated
- Access to an elite recovery lounge including free massage, Normatec leg recovery systems, and more
- Event gear and limited edition 29029 swag
- Daily training plans specific to Stratton to set you up to succeed
- Access to elite coaches, monthly coaching calls, and the private 29029 online community
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Registration includes 3 nights of accommodations, all food/beverage/alcohol, all hydration and nutrition choices at the aid stations, a 20 week Training Guide, massage therapists and other recovery aids in our Athlete Recovery Lounge, limited edition event swag, a private online group for participants only, and more!
Check in begins at Noon on Thursday. 29029 will kick off at 3pm on Thursday. We will have motivational speakers that afternoon to inspire everyone for the challenge ahead. The hiking challenge begins at 6am on Friday morning and continues until 6pm on Saturday evening. Some people hike through the night, some sleep for a while and go again on Saturday. After the conclusion of the challenge, we have a ceremony to recognize everyone’s efforts on the mountain, and a party Saturday night to cap things off. Departure is Sunday by 10am.
The challenge begins at 6am on Friday morning and continues until 6pm on Saturday evening. The gondola is running and you can hike any time you want during this 36 hour period. You do not have to hike for 36 hours non stop. Do people hike at night? Some participants hike all night until after the sun rises on Saturday morning, but many go and get some sleep! We do encourage everyone to complete at least one hike once the sun goes down on Friday as it’s such a unique and magical experience. Hiking in nature, whether alone or with others, and only seeing the headlamps of other hikers is often a memory that participants talk about and share with others.
There are portions of the event that are participant-only, but spectators are allowed near the start area and also at the summit where you can cheer on participants. Accommodations included with registration are for participants only
No, the entry fee does not include airfare. We will take care of everything once you arrive to the mountain on Thursday to check-in.
Yes! We provide location specific packing lists for each particular mountain, although relatively minimal gear is required for 29029. Trekking poles are strongly recommended and a headlamp is required. We recommend wearing moisture wicking base layers for the varying conditions throughout the day and evening, as well as trail shoes to provide additional traction while hiking up the mountain.
If a spot at any of the events becomes available, we contact those on the Waitlist in chronological order and fill an open spot on a first come, first serve basis. If we reach out to someone on the Waitlist they have 24 hours to claim the spot before we reach out to the next person on the list.
All participants in Stratton are provided with 3 nights accommodation at the Black Bear resort. Rooms are for participants only and are double occupancy with 2 queen beds. You may request your roommate as part of the participant onboarding process.
Of course! Roughly ⅓ of our participants attend a 29029 alone. We will pair you in a room with another participant of the same gender. Rooms will be double occupancy with two queen beds.
All rooms are double occupancy. You may specify a roommate during the participant onboarding process. If you are coming to 29029 alone you will be paired with a roommate of the same gender. If you are traveling with a significant other and wish to share a king bed you will be able to request this during the participant onboarding process. King rooms will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
Yes, we accommodate each of these during meals at 29029.
Yes, we include a 20 week Training Guide with your registration. This Guide is emailed on a bi-monthly basis beginning 5 months prior to the event. Our coaches have created these guides to help each participant prepare for the challenge. The Guide is a three tiered system (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) in which the participant can choose which level to follow based on the description we provide for each. If you’re willing to put in the work, this guide will have you ready to hike 29029 ft on your event weekend.
This varies, as everyone has a different beginning fitness level. We do know that our 20 week Training Guide will help prepare you for the challenge. We also know that at some point on the mountain, the willingness to keep going becomes as much mental as physical. This is when climbing with us becomes a transformative experience for many.
Much of the experience at each of the 29029 locations is the same, but there are unique variables like average weather and terrain. Which ever way you go, a life changing weekend is waiting. Have questions? Click here to set up a brief call with our team!