Project Manager Eric Patberg and his son pose with the Point of View statue at the Walkatop event.

On September 11, 2016, several Precise employees, along with members of their families, friends and approximately 300 other individuals, hiked along the side of a cliff for a good cause.  For the second year in a row, Precise, Inc. has been a course sponsor of an urban “hiking adventure” called WALKATOP which winds through Pittsburgh’s Emerald View Park in the Mount Washington neighborhood.

WALKATOP benefits The Thomas Brown Alton Foundation, which is dedicated to suicide prevention by helping those in need toward improved mental health.  “We were happy to support WALKATOP again this year,” said Sean Dennin, CEO.  “Combining an invigorating hike along beautiful trails with support for suicide prevention efforts is a win-win partnership.”

Participants checked in at the registration site on Grandview Avenue, across the street from the entrance to the iconic bright-red Duquesne incline, and received maps with several trail options ranging from a breezy sidewalk route to a challenging 14-mile trek that includes 2,200 feet of climbing.  Urban hikes are becoming a trend, but this one features breathtaking views of one of America’s most beautiful skylines.

“We had a blast,” exclaimed Eric Patberg, project manager at Precise. “It was great experience to see the ’Burgh from that vantage point and for such a great cause.”  Maryann Ihrig, HR manager, agrees, “We really enjoyed the event and we’re planning to make it an annual tradition for our family.”

Peter Mansmann, president of Precise, Inc., with his family at the trailhead of their hike.

Peter Mansmann, president of Precise, Inc., with his family at the trailhead.

Human Resources Manager Maryann Ihrig with her family after their Walkatop hike through Emerald View Park in Pittsburgh, PA.

Human Resources Manager Maryann Ihrig with her family after their hike through Emerald View Park.