Anthony Seidita said he got the idea last summer after his friend climbed the highest peaks in New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine over a two-week period.
After doing some research on the mountains, Seidita decided he could climb three of those — Mount Marcy, Mount Mansfield in Vermont and Mount Washington in New Hampshire — within a 24-hour period.
After talking about his plans with his wife, Zynnia, she suggested that he use the trip to raise funds for a cause. Zynnia’s mother had died from complications related to diabetes, so Seidita decided to raise money and awareness for the American Diabetes Association. His goal is to raise $10,000.
“(It) will be a great way to support them,” Seidita said. “I think a lot of people can use some awareness around that disease. Like myself, I wasn’t too familiar with it until the last eight months or so.”
Seidita plans to start June 25 at midnight at the Adirondak Loj trailhead and hike 15 miles round-trip to the 5,343-foot summit of Mount Marcy. His wife will then drive him to Vermont. From there, he’ll hike 6 miles round-trip to the top of the 4,395-foot Mount Mansfield. The trip will finish on the 6,288-foot Mount Washington, an 8-mile round-trip hike.
“I’m just hoping I can summit Washington before sunset; then I can at least hopefully start my way down with the headlamp before it gets too dark,” he said.
The trip includes 30 miles of hiking and a total elevation gain of roughly 9,400 feet, Seidita said. He estimates it will take about 22 hours to complete the full trip. There will be about six hours of driving that is included in that time, he estimates.
After doing some research on the Internet, Seidita said he may be the first to do this trip.
“I couldn’t find anything that says it has been done before,” Seidita said.
Seidita, 38, says he has been training by doing road cycling and winter hiking. He said he is about eight shy of hiking all 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks during the winter.
Seidita said he hopes to do the trip with his friend Rodrigo Solar of Hartsdale, who inspired the original idea last summer by climbing the highest peaks in four states.
“He said he’s going to be right there with me,” said Seidita, who sells pharmaceutical drugs for a living. “It’s just, I’m not holding him to it. If he wants to drop off, I know I’m the one who is totally committed to finishing. I told him, ‘If at any point, you feel like calling it quits, you’re more than welcome.’”
Seidita said he has climbed Mansfield and Marcy before but has yet to make his way up Mount Washington. He plans to do that in the early June “just to get the lay of the land.”
In a statement about the cause, Seidita said “that 25.8 million children and adults in the United States — 8.3 percent of the population — have diabetes. The American Diabetes Association’s programs support our family, friends and neighbors living with the disease, which is often a struggle. With devastating complications such as blindness, amputation, heart disease and kidney failure, diabetes is serious — even deadly.
“By making a donation to the ADA, you are helping to fund leading-edge research that affects the health and well being of millions of people living with diabetes. Your funds are put to work immediately to support important research efforts and help provide much needed services to people with diabetes.”
More information is available about the trip at main.diabetes.org/goto/hike.