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Man close to climbing Pico Mountain 365 times in 365 days

MENDON — Randy Crossman, a 63-year-old woodworker, and 7th-generation Vermonter, has summited Pico Mountain 300 times in 300 days, nearing his goal to climb 365 times in 365 days.

On June 18, 2022, he plans an event to celebrate his 365th climb.

Crossman is an avid outdoorsman who is committed to raising awareness and funds for Building Bright Futures (BBF), where his daughter Dr. Morgan Crossman, serves as executive director.

He calls the project “PicoSummit365.”

Building Bright Futures is a nonprofit organization working to improve the well-being of young children and families in Vermont.

“I’m honored to be the face of Building Bright Futures for this endeavor because they’re getting individuals, families, communities, and government together to talk about how we can positively create change in the lives of our young children and families and they’re doing that every day,” said Crossman as he hiked up Pico for the 299th time in 299 days.

Randy Crossman’s endeavor is also inspired by his 4-year-old granddaughter Amelie Lataille, the daughter of Morgan Crossman.

Crossman’s hikes have continued through all seasons and weather conditions, including in 60-mile-per-hour winds and the aftermath of ice storms earlier this month.

To date, Crossman has climbed a total of more than 1,050 miles and nearly 600,000 feet of elevation gain, and he has raised more than $8,000 in pledges so far.

Crossman is the facilities director at Castleton University.

In his spare time, he runs a custom woodworking business.

Crossman grew up skiing and hiking on Pico Mountain, and for several years he served as a volunteer rescuer on the mountain.

Members of the public can sponsor Crossman per hike here, or make a one-time donation to Building Bright Futures, as well as mail a check made out to Building Bright Futures to: 600 Blair Park, Suite 160, Williston, VT 05495. Place PicoSummit in the memo line.

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