Mount Washington Winter SummitPut your toughness to the test on the Northeast’s highest peak

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
3 Days
3 Days
Intensity
8/10
18+

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Climb the mountain known for the Worst Weather on Earth.

At 6,288 feet, Mount Washington is the tallest in the Northeast but it packs the punch of mountains many times its size. Seated in the confluence of three major storm tracks with valleys funneling everything in the region onto its summit this peak, known as one of the harshest winter environments on earth, affords no half measures.

If your application to join a climbing team is approved, your skills will be tested on this world-class mountaineering objective. After stringent vetting, our 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 storied Joe Dodge Lodge, located at the base of the mountain, we will rise early and attempt the magnificent peak.

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Level 8/10
The North Face2101 Broadway
3 Days
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Here’s what you need

Wear

Essential Clothing
  • Base layers, top (moisture wicking long sleeve)
  • Insulating layer, top (down jacket)
  • Base layers, bottom (long underwear, running tights, etc)
  • Waterproof, insulating mountaineering or ski pants
  • Fleece top and pants
  • Waterproof, warm shell jacket with a hood
  • Warm hat
  • Neck warmer/balaclava (must cover all exposed skin)
  • Mountaineering gloves or mittens
  • Light or liner gloves

Bring

Essential Gear
  • Double plastic or mountaineering boots*
  • Crampons*
  • Ice axe*
  • Day pack
  • Hiking boots
  • Gaiters
  • Mountaineering gloves or mittens
  • Light or liner gloves
  • Neck gaiter or balaclava
  • Warm hat (multiple recommended)
  • Headlamp
  • Ski goggles or mountaineering sunglasses
  • 3 1-liter water bottles with sleeves. No Camelbacks or bladders as they freeze easily.
  • Hand and foot warmers
  • Toiletries
  • Bath towel for lodge
  • Comfy shoes/slippers for evenings
  • Money for meals on the road Friday and Monday
  • Trekking poles or ski poles

    • Mountaineering boots, crampons and axe can be rented for $90.

Trip Package

Included
  • Round Trip Transportation from New York City
  • Licensed and medically trained guide team
  • Accommodations
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary
  • Group equipment
  • Park permits and fees
Not included
  • Personal gear and equipment
  • Meals not outlined in itinerary
  • Gratuity for guides

Weather

Mount Washington is home to some of the worst weather on earth, including the highest wind speed ever observed by a human at 231 mph. While we likely won't encounter speeds that high, winds are routinely sustained above 50 mph in the winter. Summit temperatures can get as low as double digits below zero with wind chill and snow is almost certainly guaranteed. All climbers must bring enough gear to cover any exposed skin and must demonstrate that their gear meets the guides' standards before starting the summit attempt. Evenings at the lodge will be in heated accommodations.

Lodging

The famed Joe Dodge Lodge is nestled in the Pinkham Notch at the base of Mount Washington. Pinkham Notch has been a hub for hiking, climbing, snowshoeing, and skiing on the Presidential Range of the White Mountains since the 1920s and attracts world-class explorers. With Mount Washington hovering high above, the lodge is perfectly situated among the White Mountain greats. Accommodations are basic with bunk beds and shared bathrooms. If you have dietary requests, please let us know.

Training

On this technical climb, conditions in the winter can extreme and dangerous. Having a high level of physical fitness is essential for a successful climb and the safety of the group. Leading up to your trip, hiking is the best training you can do to get used to a long day of going uphill. When hiking is not an option, stairs, a stairmill or treadmill at a steep incline can mimic climbing. Aim to exercise at least three times a week for the months leading up the trip. Weight training and flexibility training will help prevent injury and endurance. Applicants for this trip must have winter hiking experience including familiarity with snowshoes and winter gear.

Why this trip?

Recommended for...

This trip is for highly experienced climbers and hikers with winter experience and a high level of physical fitness. Technical or ice climbing is not required but will ensure a higher chance of success. Hikers looking to take on this challenge are encouraged to participate in winter hiking trips and train physically for at least three months in advance.

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