HMWC CPAs & Business Advisors (FY14 net revenue of $7.3 million) of Tustin, Calif., completed its 36th annual “Death March” in the picturesque Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.
This event is held at different locations each year and involves a multi-day hiking and camping adventure for partners, employees, family, friends and clients of HMWC. The 2014 event was a four-day hike based out of the Sequoia High Sierra Camp, between Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks in California. The 24 participants ranged in age from 10 months to 72 years. A variety of hikes, difficult and easy, totaled about 15 miles, including an eight-mile trek descending nearly 4,000 feet to the bottom of Kings Canyon.
The “Death March,” so-named because of the physical rigors of the event, was started in 1979 by Gerry Herter, former MP, who is still with the firm and has attended all 36 outings. According to Herter, the event is not only fun and physically challenging, but also brings everyone together on a more personal level. “With the intense demands placed on members of the accounting profession nowadays, the Death March provides an enjoyable opportunity for team-building amidst some of the most spectacular scenery North America has to offer,” says Herter.
Previous Death March events have been held in Glacier National Park, High Sierra, Yosemite, Kauai, the Grand Canyon, Rogue River, the Channel Islands and Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.