When, Where, How

Every year, on September 11th, we meet at the foot of the Battle Mountain Grand Staircase. 

Sign in begins at 6:00 am. Climbers must sign a waiver, but there is no charge for this event. 

Minors must have the signature of a guardian.

Non-climbers are welcome and encouraged to join us to share in remembrance. 

The program begins at 6:30 a.m. Promptly at 6:46 a.m. we begin the lap of silence—when 11 climbers, led by a flag bearer, have climbed up and down the staircase once, the silence ends with the singing of the national anthem and climbers are then free to speak and enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow climbers. Climb as much as you are able. Climb until you need to leave to work. Climb in remembrance.

"If you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right."

Henry Ford

Battle Mountain Grand Staircase


The 9/11 Grand Stair Challenge is a unique event. Every year we meet at the foot of the Battle Mountain Grand Staircase, downtown Hot Springs to climb the 141-step staircase with friends, neighbors and friends we have not met.  There sis

Flight of Silence


At 6:46 a.m., the time of the first attack on the World Trade Towers, we begin with a lap of silence—one trip up and down equals one lap.

Last Man Climbing


15 laps equal a few more steps than climbing up and down one of the World Trade Towers. ​Consider challenging yourself to climb one or more 'towers." The record is 86, held by Jeffrey VanMeter



The primary reason for this event is to remember the heroes and victims of 9/11; indeed, to remember the victims of terrorist attacks any time, any place.

Climbing for Dollars


However, it also serves as a fundraiser for ChallengeHS; an anonymous donor gives ChallengeHS $1.00 for every flight climbed. 

Little Steps Mean a Lot


That means that every time you complete one lap (up and down the 141 steps) Challenge receives $1.00. Last year we raised $800 for ChallengeHS.