Rutland Man completes 300 summits of Pico Mountain to benefit Vermont children

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Rutland Man completes 300 summits of Pico Mountain to benefit Vermont children

Tue, 04/19/2022 - 4:55am -- tim

Randy Crossman finishes his 300th summit of Pico Mountain on April 17, 2022 and poses for a photo with his family. His daughter Dr Morgan Crossman is on the far right.

Nearing His Goal of 365 Hikes

Vermont Business Magazine 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. He invites the media and the public to join him at a June 18, 2022, event to celebrate his 365th climb, and possibly hike alongside him for some or all of his summit. More details will be announced soon. Crossman is an avid outdoorsman who committed to this goal to raise 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 (from prenatal to age 8) and families in Vermont.

BBF’s role is to convene and elevate the voices of families and early childhood stakeholders; to monitor the system by identifying and provide high-quality up-to-date data to inform policy and decision-making; and to advise the Governor and Legislature by making recommendations that move the early childhood system toward the goals identified in Vermont’s Early Childhood Action Plan (VECAP).

“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…and they’re being positive about it…no excuses. And to me, that’s just amazing,” 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. To celebrate his birthday hike in early April, Amelie said, “I love you so much, Bumpy. You’re the bestest hiker every day. Congratulations on your Pico Mountain hike. I’m so proud of you.” 

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, Vermont Woodshop

Building Bright Futures’ Executive Director Morgan Crossman said, “I’m so grateful for the continuous love and support my dad shows for our family and my work. This journey has already raised a ton of awareness and funding for Building Bright Futures and surpassed our expectations. Thank you to each person who has donated so far and thank you to my Dad for dedicating a year of his life to Vermont’s kids!”  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, make a one-time donation to Building Bright Futures, or mail a check made out to Building Bright Futures to the following address: 600 Blair Park, Suite 160, Williston, VT 05495 (PicoSummit in the memo line).

The mission of Building Bright Futures (BBF) is to improve the well-being of each and every child and family in Vermont by using evidence to inform policy and bringing voices together to discuss critical challenges and problem solve. Building Bright Futures (BBF) is Vermont’s early childhood public-private partnership, charged under Vermont Title 33 § Chapter 46 and the Federal Head Start Act (Public Law 110-134) as Vermont’s Early Childhood State Advisory Council (SAC), the mechanism used to advise the Governor and Legislature on the well-being of children in the prenatal period through age 8 and their families. BBF’s Network infrastructure includes 12 Regional Councils, seven VECAP Committees, and the State Advisory Council. BBF maintains the vision and strategic plan for Vermont’s Early Childhood System. Learn more at buildingbrightfutures.org.

April 18, 2022 (RUTLAND, Vt.)—Building Bright Futures