– Saturday August 12th, 2023 | 7:00 am – 3:00 pm –
Welcome to the AINC Audio Trekkers Fundraising Hike in beautiful Boulder, Colorado! This annual event combines the joy of hiking with the mission of AINC (Audio Information Network of Colorado) to bring print to life for individuals with blindness and Low Vision. Join our team as we explore the stunning Royal Arch Trail and make a positive impact in the lives of Coloradans who are blind.
For over 30 incredible years, our dedicated team of AINC volunteers has been committed to transforming the written word into captivating audio content. Through the readings of over 200 Colorado publications, we have provided a lifeline of information and entertainment to those who cannot access print materials. The Audio Trekkers represents our passionate community of hikers who join together to support our mission and raise awareness for the cause.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support of grants, AINC provides invaluable audio information services completely FREE of charge to thousands of individuals who are blind or low vision throughout Colorado. Our mission, “Bringing Print to Life,” lies at the core of everything we do. By immersing our listeners in the breathtaking wonders of the great Colorado outdoors, we not only provide a connection to nature but also inspire a sense of empowerment and possibility.
In 2022, the AINC Audio Trekkers Team was comprised of nearly 80 hikers, including blind and Low Vision individuals accompanied by their sighted guides. Together, they conquered challenges, embraced personal growth, and created unforgettable memories along the way. Participants like Scott, Melissa, and Kijuana found inspiration and renewed hope through their hiking experiences, proving that the journey extends far beyond the trail.
7:00 am Registration and Breakfast at the Audio Information Network of Colorado (1700 55th Street, Suite A, Boulder, CO 80301)
8:30 am Carpool to the Trailhead
9:00 am – 12:30 pm Hike
12:30 pm Carpool back to AINC Office
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Celebration and Lunch Provided by Colorado Lions
Easier: For those seeking a leisurely experience, our Easy Route will lead you left at the fork, onto the Enchanted Mesa Trail, which loops back to the Auditorium.
Harder: For those craving a challenge, our Hard Route awaits! Brace yourself for a longer, steeper, and technically demanding journey along the Royal Arch Trail. Push your limits as you explore the breathtaking landscapes and conquer this rewarding out-and-back trail.
Regardless of the path you choose, both options start and end on the same trails and promise stunning scenery. Reunite with your fellow hikers at the Auditorium, where you can relax, refuel, and take a well-deserved rest.
Absolutely! We welcome all experience levels, however if you have any underlying conditions, check with your doctor before signing up. We believe in moving beyond your comfort zone to grow and reach goals. The professional mountain guides will be there along the way to support, encourage, and inspire you. If you have specific accessibility questions or concerns, please contact us so that we can ensure everyone reaches their Summit.
We invite you to be a part of the AINC Audio Trekkers Fundraising Hike on August 12th, 2023. By joining our team, volunteering as a sighted guide or certified EMT, or becoming a sponsor, you’ll contribute to the success of this event and the ongoing mission of AINC. Together, we can create lasting memories, support Coloradans who are blind, and reach new heights. Let’s make a positive difference in the lives of others and ourselves. Register today and prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey!