What is #ICE2017?

Inspiring people to connect with the outdoors for an experience in Western PA. (Inspire, connect & experience)

I’ve put together a team of PA hikers and true outdoor enthusiasts for adventure and to give back to the outdoor community of Western Pennsylvania. We’ll be exploring various trails, sharing our adventures, volunteering, and inspiring others to connect with the outdoors for some awesome experiences. Be sure to check out the team, connect with them on social media and follow their individual adventures as well as upcoming #ICE2017 trips planned for the fall.

October 7th & 8th

Backpacking trip on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (LHHT) to raise awareness and support for the shelter chimney restorations. Follow the team as we prepare as well as during this adventure.You can also make an online donation by visiting the PA Parks an Forests Foundation webpage.

The LHHT has eight shelter areas, each containing five Adirondack-styled shelters. These shelters offer hand-made fireplaces, where countless hikers have warmed themselves around roaring fires over the years.  Many of the stone chimneys, that have stood for over 40 years, are falling into a state of disrepair.

Based on voting at the two REI Pittsburgh stores, a $10,000 grant was made to a fund to restore the chimneys. The restoration project has begun, but another $14,000 is needed to complete the project.

Meet the team

Eddie Graberitz
Jenni Bowser
Tyler Chilcot
Backcountry Petite
Julie Reinhart
Brian Ford