The Montanathon

Dutch and Jim’s Excellent Backcountry Adventure
Dutch Pelger, an 11 year old from Missoula, Montana, was born with Sensorinueral Hearing Loss. At age 4 Dutch got his first pair of hearing aids and he hasn’t looked back! He is a fun-loving, active boy who loves running, doing crazy trampoline tricks, skiing, and hanging out with friends and his three siblings. 
Thankfully, our family is able to have insurance that provides him with really great hearing aids, which make his life so much bettter. Unfortunately, many kids around the world aren’t so lucky.
Dutch’s goal is to raise awareness about chidhood Hearing Loss while raising funds to support the great work done by The Global Foundation for Childhood Hearing Loss, an organization that provides hearing technology and support to children in low-income nations. 

We are so grateful for the help we’ve been given and want to pay it forward to others who aren’t as fortunate, hence the Montanathon.

Dutch & Jim will be embarking on a ten day adventure into Montana’s rugged Backcountry beginning June 28, 2018. They will run, hike, backpack, float and bike.

1. They will start in Missoula and will run/hike/ backpack through the Rattlesnake Wilderness about 22 miles in mountainous terrain up to Gold Creek.

2. After a couple days of rest in Seeley Lake, they will meet up with some friends at Holland Lake and backpack about 30 miles deep into the Bob Marshall Wilderness to reach the South Fork of the Flathead River where they will be met by a pack team of mules that will haul in their raft and other supplies.

3. Then they will float a sixty mile section of the scenic South Fork of Flathead River ending at the Hungry Horse reservoir just outside Glacier National Park where they will meet up with Dutch’s siblings and Mom.

4. Then they will finish with a bike ride up the Going to the Sun road to Logan Pass in Glacier National Park where the adventure will end!

Our goal is to raise $10,000 . 100% of these tax-deductible donations will go directly to the awesome organization, Global Foundation for Children With Hearing Loss.

Thank you so much for you consideration!
  • David Gray 
    • $50 
    • 34 mos
  • Matt Dillon 
    • $100 
    • 35 mos
  • Mary Shaffer 
    • $100 
    • 35 mos
  • Julie Butler 
    • $25 
    • 35 mos
  • Jane And Emmet Kennedy 
    • $25 
    • 36 mos
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Erin Kennedy Pelger 
Missoula, MT
The Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
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