Mt. Washington Climbs
NORTH CONWAY, NH
The tallest peak in New England is an even greater challenge in winter. Over half of the 8.2 mile round trip is above treeline where conditions can be famously harsh. Mt. Washington still holds the world record for the highest land wind speed at 231 mph and winter wind chill factor reaching a staggering -50 degrees!
If facts like these get your competitive juices flowing, our experienced guides will provide all the technical gear you need (ice axe, crampons and boots) to take on Mt. Washington at its toughest. While no prior mountaineering experience is required, we do recommend taking our Winter Climbing 101 course so you can make your ascent with total confidence.
Our guides have logged hundreds of Mt. Washington winter ascents over the years. Each one of them knows this notoriously unpredictable mountain well and has the training and experience to lead you to the summit successfully and with an unforgettable story to tell.
Want to make your Mt. Washington experience truly memorable? Why not hike up and spend the night at the summit! Our two day Mount Washington Observatory trip gives climbers the opportunity to climb to the summit of Mt. Washington and spend then night at the Mount Washington Observatory. Meals, lodging and exclusive tour of the Mount Washington Observatory weather center available to a limited number of climbers each year.
Click here for more information about our Mount Washington Observatory overnight trips.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Group climbs attract many people of all abilities. Although we request that everyone should be in above average physical shape to have a better chance at reaching the summit on a favorable day, not everyone comes prepared. The scheduled dates are reserved for those individuals who are interested in a mountain experience with a potential summit attempt. The group you are with may have an earlier “summit” than the actual top of the mountain. We book these group dates at a 4:1 ratio. If there is someone in the group that may need to go down early, the whole group will need to descend. For this reason, if you are more goal-oriented and would like to have a better chance at summiting without being at the whim of any particular group member, it is best to book private (either as a single or with friends).
|Course||Length||Cost (pp)||Skill Level||Dates|
|Private Climb||one day||click for rates||basic/ fitness||7 days a week|
|Mt. Washington Ascent||one day||$150||basic/ fitness||click for dates|
Groups meet promptly at 7:00am at the Eastern Mountain Sports in North Conway. Click here for directions. In the morning you will meet your guide, sign a waiver form, and get fitted with climbing gear for the day. Once everyone is outfitted groups will leave straight for the trail head at Pinkham Notch on the east side of Mt. Washington. Standard route to the summit is the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to the Lions Head Trail. Please refer to gear list for items you will be required to have for the climb. Approximate hiking time is 5 hours up and 3 hours down. Hiking time may vary depending on weather, trail conditions and overall pace of the group. The day will end around 4:30pm back at EMS.
Included/ Not Included
Climbers will be outfitted with all technical equipment for the day. You are welcome to bring your own gear but it will be subject to approval by your guide. Equipment provided includes mountaineering boots, crampons, and ice axe. Climbers will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather and provide their own lunches and snacks for the day. See gear list for complete list of items you will be responsible for bringing. Meals, lodging and transportation are not included.
Payment is due in full at time of reservation to secure your reservation. Events run rain or shine. Eastern Mountain Sports Schools reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events for low participation, weather or safety concerns at any time. We will try to give as much advance notice as possible, but may not always be able to give much advance warning, especially for weather cancellations. Cancellations or schedule changes 8 days or more prior to the event start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty. Reservation changes of any kind within 7 days of the event start date will not be refunded and you will not be allowed to carry over deposits to future events. For participants 17 or younger, a parent must sign a waiver form prior to climbing. If you have any questions please call 800-310-4504. We will be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.