Climb the Highest Peak in the Northeast
If you're looking for a serious challenge this winter, this is for you.
Mount Washington stands at 6,288 feet and is the highest mountain in the northeastern United States. In the winter, it is home to one of the harshest environments on earth and considered a world-class mountaineering achievement. While the severe weather will test your skills, the views along the path to the peak are unmatched.
The three-day adventure begins with a winter mountaineering course, practicing rope skills and learning to move on the mountain as a team. After a good night's rest at the Appalachian Trail's own Joe Dodge Lodge, located at the base of the mountain, we will rise early and attempt the magnificent peak.
While our sights are on the summit, our primary goal is always your safety. Our trained guides will prepare you to move confidently up the mountain, but we will not hesitate to redefine our goal if conditions indicate that we should. Even an attempt on Washington in the winter is an epic feat.
A Mount Washington summit is prime training for those considering peaks such as Mount Rainier and Mount Kilimanjaro.
Mountaineering boots, crampons and an axe are required and may be rented.
This trip is for experienced hikers and climbers only. When sign ups open, you'll be asked to complete a short application before purchasing your spot on the expedition. Your safety is our number one consideration and any individual who does not have appropriate preparation may not be approved.
Photo Credit: Michael G. Seamans
Pack List* Mountaineering boots, crampons and axe can be rented for $90.
Winter Warrior Challenge
Are you a Winter Warrior?
Think you're tough?
Not just regular tough; we're talking about the kind of tough that's a little bit crazy too. The kind of tough that wakes up at dawn to take on miles of trail in grueling conditions all for the view, the accomplishment, the feeling of taking on all that mother nature has to offer and coming out on top. The kind of tough that would rather eat summits for breakfast than spend the day at brunch.
If you're that kind of tough, then you just might be a Winter Warrior.
We've dreamed up challenges this winter designed to push you to your limits; trips that are considered among the region's hardest - even in warm conditions. Throw in the notoriously brutal elements of the northeastern winter and they can give even the heartiest hikers chills.
To the DOers that successfully complete three of these challenges, a customized Discover Outdoors "Winter Warriors" Hatchet - and infinite bragging rights - await.
Your team of DO guides is ready to lead you to the summit. With the proper support, equipment, and planning, we're here to ensure that you're trip is safe, successful, and fun.