The biennial End to End Challenge is a 1-day hike of 29+ miles, with over 7000 feet of cumulative elevation gain, over undulating terrain from Berry Pond in Pittsfield State Forest to the northern end of the Taconic Crest Trail at Route 346. Hikers are supported from beginning to end by volunteers of the Taconic Hiking Club. Participants who successfully complete the challenge will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment and a special “TCT 1-Day” patch. Participants who are club members will also receive the “Bloody Foot” patch. Obviously this challenge is for very fit and experienced hikers!
2020 End to End Challenge
The End to End Challenge is held every other year, in even numbered years. The next Challenge will be scheduled for May 2020, exact date still to be determined. Check this web-page in September 2019 for more information on the upcoming event. Historically registration begins on December 1, five+ months before the event and fills up quickly. Happy trails!
2018 End to End Challenge a Success!!!
Led out by bagpiper John Sassatelli at the break of dawn, 23 avid adventurers set off from Berry Pond in Pittsfield State Forest on Saturday, May 12, to take on the 2018 Taconic Crest Trail End-to-End Endurance Challenge. After trekking nearly 30 miles with approximately 17,300 total feet of elevation gain (7,836) and loss (9,470) along the crest in cold, wet conditions, 20 rugged ramblers reached the finish line at Route 346 on the New York/Vermont border.
Completing the event were:
Ted Boyer, Ashfield, MA, Chris Collins, Geneva, NY, Ben Elgart, Somerville, MA, Chris Fernando, Albany, NY, Andy Fountain, Waterford, NY, Tom Gillespie, Albany, NY, Hannah Goldstein, Williamstown, MA, Patricia Gundlach, Scotia, NY, Alden Hess, Burnt Hills, NY, Ben Hess, Burnt Hills, NY, Joe Hess, Burnt Hills, NY, Richard Komulainen, East Greenbush, NY, Scott Lewis, Williamstown, MA, Brianna Lloyd, Troy, NY, Christopher Palmer, Charlestown, RI, Devin Pendyke, Watervliet, NY, Noah Savage, Williamstown, MA, Allison Souza, Charlestown, RI, Jared Whalen, Keene Valley, NY
The fastest time was 8hours 50 minutes. The last hikers emerged from the woods 14 hours 30 minutes after setting off.
The End-to-End, a biennial offering of the Taconic Hiking Club, highlights much of the 36-mile Taconic Crest Trail.
Holding an event like this would not be possible without the efforts of dedicated volunteers. The Taconic Hiking Club would like to thank the following members and friends for doing their part in another successful End-to-End:
Walt Addicks, Bob Armao, George Astle, Mike Bouchard, Dave Cole, Laura Fiske, Gayle Fountain, Marcia Hopple, Dick Hughes, R.J. Hydorn, Kathy Lee, Mary MacDonald, Margaret Parks, Dave & Lynne Nagengast, Nate Parsons, David Pisaneschi, Mike Quigley, Cliff Prewencki, Paul St Germain, Jeff Ross, Karen Coy Ross, John Sassatelli, Donna Shea, Ed & Sandi Slattery, Terry Tamer, Rich Vertigan, Martha Waldman, NYS DEC and the staff at Pittsfield State Forest.