Yuma 12-12-12 Challenge
"Telegraph Pass" painting by Becky Beckers

What is it?

Well, it’s the Yuma 12-12-12 Challenge! This is a special day because the month, day, and year are the same—this is the last time this will ever happen in our lifetimes! Last year, on 11-11-11, I set out to hike Telegraph Pass 11 times in a row. After roughly 7 ½ hours, I succeeded. I met many people along the mountain that day and the days following. Most people thought I was insane, but there were actually several people that said that they would have joined me if they had known about it ahead of time. So, here’s the announcement to all healthy, able-bodied hikers in and around the Yuma, AZ area: Please come and join me in my quest to hike Telegraph Pass 12 times in a row on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. The event will begin at 6:30 am (please plan on getting there no later than 6:15 am), and will start at “The Gate” (the gate at the bottom of the mountain).

Everyone is welcome to come out and hike it as many times as they feel comfortable, but I encourage everybody to try to hike it at least one more time than you think you can (up to 12 times). So, if you’ve never hiked Telegraph Pass before, come out and hike it once! If you’ve hiked it in the past, come out and hike it two times in a row! The event is about challenging yourself, and overcoming obstacles in your brain that might prevent you from doing something like this. It’s about believing in yourself!

Sometimes it’s easier to accomplish something hard if you attempt it in the name of a loved one or friend who is struggling with something – I will be completing this challenge on behalf of my sweet and amazingly wonderful brother-in-law, Chuck. Chuck was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, and he is doing everything he can to fight it. I will be hiking the entire day in support of research and awareness of this horrible condition, and I hope you will too.

How much does it cost?

The event is free, but if you’d like to help us raise a little money to donate to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, please click here to buy your 12-12-12 t-shirt, and wear it the day of the event. You can choose from a variety of styles, sizes, and colors, and we will be donating the profits (roughly $8 per shirt) to the MJF Foundation for every 12-12-12 shirt we sell. If you buy a shirt, you will also receive a fancy finisher’s medal upon completion of the event! Every dollar helps, so I hope you’ll decide to buy the shirt and wear it on 12-12-12.

Why is this event so small?

Essentially, this is just a small, informal, word-of-mouth event. Whether you’ve hiked Telegraph Pass, and have heard about the event from a fellow hiker, or you’ve been personally invited by me, or you’re just bored and happened to stumble upon this website and think it sounds like a fun and rewarding way to spend your day – you are all welcome to participate. There are a number of reasons why we were unable to create a big, fancy “event” for this occasion. Here are just a few:

Can I bring my kids/dogs?

Believe me, I’m a dog lover! I love my dogs dearly, and they hike this mountain twice a day with me, so they’re excellent hikers. But, 12 times is a lot of times! I will be leaving my dogs at home, and I suggest you do, too. It is too dangerous to challenge dogs, children, or anyone who isn’t an able-bodied hiker to complete this challenge. This event will likely take 8+ hours to complete, and we want everybody to be safe and happy!

What should I bring?

Other stuff:

Hope to see some familiar and new faces on 12-12-12!

Hugs and happy hiking,

KSWT Reports on the Yuma 12-12-12 Challenge

KYMA Reports on the Yuma 12-12-12 Challenge

The Yuma Sun Reports on the Yuma 12-12-12 Challenge

Think you can do it?

Click here to buy your shirt

The price of $19.99 - $40.99 includes:

  1. A short or long sleeve shirt in white, black, yellow, green, navy, cardinal, brown, red, or violet
  2. An awesome finisher's medal
  3. At least one high-five with a smile