Cost

1 Climber:  $325

2 Climbers:  $225 each

3 Climbers:  $195 each

4+ Climbers:  $170 each

Join an existing group:  $175 each

Guide-to-Guest Ratio

1:4 max

Length

1 day (7:00am- 4:30pm)
end time may vary

Meeting Location

EMS Climbing School
2686 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH 03860
directions

Lodging

Transportation and lodging are not included in the trip fee.  Climbers will be responsible for their own accommodations.  Click here for area lodging.

Gear List

All technical climbing equipment will be provided.  Click here for items you will be responsible for bringing.

Mount Washington Ascent

NORTH CONWAY, NEW HAMPSHIRE

The tallest peak in the northeast is an even greater challenge in winter. Over half of the 8.2 mile round trip is above tree line 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 F!

If facts like these get your competitive juices flowing, our experienced guides will provide all the technical gear you need (mountaineering axe, crampons, and boots) to take on Mt. Washington at its toughest.  While no prior mountaineering experience is required, we do recommend taking our Introduction to Winter Hiking course so you can make your ascent with total confidence.

Our personal gear and clothing list details everything you are required to bring with you.  The morning of the ascent, you will need to arrive on time at 7am, be dressed appropriately, and be outfitted with the required gear in your pack when you meet your guide.  Before starting out, your guide will briefly cover how to dress for extreme winter conditions, as well as how to pack and how to climb efficiently.  Along the way we will also introduce methods for identifying hazards such as frostbite, hypothermia, avalanches, and whiteouts.

Our guides have logged thousands 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 an exclusive tour of the Mount Washington Observatory weather center are available to a limited number of climbers each year.

*Our MWOBS overnight trips are not running during the 2021-2022 winter season due to Covid restrictions.  If you would like to book a private overnight trip on Mt Washington, please call or email us for more information.

IMPORTANT:  1) 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.  We make every effort to get the group as high on the mountain as we can prior to our predetermined turnaround time.  However, because of weather conditions, time constraints, and differing physical abilities, the group you are with may have the need to turn around prior to the actual top of the mountain.  2) Group climbs require a minimum enrollment in order to run, and your reservation is subject to change if minimum enrollment is not reached.  Please note that this winter group climb is reserved for those age 18 and older.  3) If there is someone in the group who 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 a summit without being at the whim of any particular group member, it is best to book privately (either as a single or with friends).

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Itinerary

Groups meet promptly at 7:00am at Eastern Mountain Sports Schools in North Conway.  If you do not arrive on time, we reserve the right to start without you and you will not be rescheduled or refunded.  Click here for directions.  In the morning you will meet your guide and get outfitted with climbing gear for the day.  Once everyone is outfitted, groups will leave straight for the trailhead.  The standard winter route to the summit is the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to the Lion Head Trail.  Please refer to our gear lists for items you will be required to have for the climb.  The approximate hiking time is 5 hours up and 3 hours down.  Hiking time may vary depending on weather, trail conditions, and the 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 a safety inspection by your guide.  Equipment provided includes mountaineering boots, crampons, and a mountaineering axe.  Climbers will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather and provide their own water, lunches, and snacks for the day.  See our gear lists for the complete list of items you will be responsible for bringing.  Meals, lodging, and transportation are not included.

Eastern Mountain Sports Schools