The Hunger Challenge is a fundraiser benefiting the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County. It is held the first Saturday in October (this year it’s October 6, 2018). The Hunger Challenge provides a unique opportunity to gain access to our iconic Mount Livermore via the Davis Mountains Preserve, which is managed by The Nature Conservancy. The event will offer a guided hike to the top of Mount Livermore, the highest peak in Jeff Davis County. For those who are not climbers, guided nature trail hikes will be offered. Participants will pay a registration fee of $50, to help cover direct costs of the event, and will also be required to raise a minimum of $250 in donations for the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County. As always, volunteers will be necessary as they perform the crucial, behind-the-scene jobs.
The day will begin with breakfast being served at 7:00 AM in the McIvor Center. Both the climb and nature hike will begin at 8 AM. Sack lunches, bottled water and snacks will be provided for you to carry in your backpack. If you have dietary restrictions, you are welcome to bring your own food. The day will end with a celebration of your achievements beginning at 5 PM and with dinner being served at 6 PM.
Extra Choices – You may choose to campout at the Davis Mountains Preserve on both Friday night and Saturday night. Tents may be pitched near the McIvor Center, which has access to toilets and showers. Inside the McIvor Center there are 12 bunk beds (bedding needed), which are available for $10 per night. There is a lovely cabin on the property which has three twin beds upstairs in the loft and two downstairs bedrooms, each with a full-size bed. The cabin also includes a kitchen, bathroom and living area. The cabin may be rented for $1,000. Participants planning to stay overnight may arrive at 5 PM on Friday and should plan to leave by 11 AM Sunday. Wherever you stay, please be sure you leave your space as clean (or cleaner) as it was when you arrived.
Be aware that the climb up Mount Livermore is considered moderately strenuous. The gain in altitude is 1,878 ft. and can affect many people – especially those from sea level. The distance is 3.1 miles one-way up to the summit.
(The Small Print: All climbs and hikes will be dependent upon the weather. The hike up Mount Livermore begins at Pipe Gate. If there has been any rain, it is possible that the water crossings may be too deep to cross safely. If the starting point cannot be reached safely, other hikes will be offered.)
If you’d like to make a donation to support this year’s event, click on the donation form above or click the Donate button on the top right. Be sure to mention 2018 MLHC in the comments on the PayPal form. Thank you!