Winter Ascent

This is the big one - the tallest mountain in the Northeast! Mt. Washington towers over its neighbors at an elevation of 6,288ft. It is known for erratic weather and extremely strong winds. A climb of Mt. Washington in the winter is a serious undertaking and will incorporate all of your mountaineering knowledge. We will start out from the Pinkham Notch Visitors Center and ascend the Winter Lion Head Route to the summit. This is the best that New England has to offer! Participants should be in good physical shape with prior hiking experience.


 

 What To Know

CLIMB DETAILS

Length: 1 Day
Guide-to-Client Ratio: 1:4
Difficulty: Strenuous
When: December - April
Type: Mountaineering

PRICING

1 person: $200 per person
2 people: $150 per person
3 people: $130 per person
4 people: $120 per person
5+people: Call for rates

7 DAYS PER WEEK

For your convenience, we climb 7 days per week in season.

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 Important Info

For your adventure you will need one lunch and several snacks for each day. Staying hydrated and well-fed is important.

Nutrition

Your “lunches” are taken in the field throughout the day during short 10 to 15 minute breaks. We suggest crackers, pizza, candy bars, jerky, chips, cookies, trail mix, fruits, Gu, energy bars, and hard candies. Drink mixes such as Gatorade and Kool-Aid help flavor your water. Add peanut butter, cream cheese, hard cheese, or pepperoni for additional calories and taste. If you enjoy bread items, bagels work well. Include some salty snacks to replenish lost salts.

Hydration

To help prevent cramping and heat related injuries, you will need at least 2 liters of water per day. Water is preferred, but other liquids such as gatorade help replace electrolytes and work well, too!

Don’t go over the top

When planning, don’t bring any items that require extensive preparation or cooking. We are able to provide you with boiling water on overnight adventures, but do not have the ability to actually cook food items.  
Our goal is to make your mountain adventure as memorable and comfortable as possible. To do this, you must be properly prepared. We provide all of the technical gear that you will need for an awesome adventure. However, we ask that you please bring your own clothing - including but not limited to: a base layer for top and bottom, climbing or snow pants, some insulating layers and jackets, socks and warm gloves or mittens. When selecting clothing for your adventure, choose synthetic materials, wool, or fleece as cotton will absorb sweat and freeze - increasing the chances of hypothermia. For your convenience, we have the mandatory gear available for rent! We also have a small selection of clothing available for rent if you are missing anything listed above. Upon completion of registration, you will receive a welcome packet via email with a gear rental form that you will complete and return to reserve the gear you need for you adventure!

Mandatory Items

Guides Pick
[  ] Pack with Waist Strap: A 3000 cu. in. pack is the recommended size for one day climbs. Your pack MUST have a waist strap. A backpack will not suffice. Camp M4
[  ] Insulated Parka: This item becomes of highest importance when we are faced with poor weather. This should be an expeditionary-type heavy parka that extends well below the waist and above the knees. Goose down is recommended versus synthetic fill. It does not have to be waterproof, but that is a nice feature. The parka is worn primarily at rest breaks on summit day and as an emergency garment if needed. When sizing a parka, allow for several layers to be worn underneath; buy it large. The parka must have an insulated hood.
[  ] Crampons: 10-12 point adjustable crampons designed for general mountaineering. Camp Stalker Universal
[  ] Ice Axe:The length of your axe depends on your height. Use the following general mountaineering formula: up to 5’8″, use a 65 cm. axe; 5’8″ to 6’2″, use a 70 cm. axe; and taller, use a 75 cm. axe. If you hold the axe so that it hangs comfortably at your side, the spike of the axe should still be a few inches above the ground. Camp Neve
[  ] Headlamp: Petzl Tikka XP2
[  ] Trekking Poles: Optional but recommended. Lightweight and collapsible. Camp Backcountry Carbon
[  ] Mountaineering Boots: Insulated plastic boots are the preferred choice for ascents on Mt. Rainier. They provide the best insulation as well as a more rigid sole for kicking steps and holding crampons. Leather mountaineering boots that have completely rigid soles are also adequate, but they will need to be insulated and may still result in cold feet on summit day. Lightweight hiking boots without insulation are not acceptable as they don’t work well with crampons, or in very cold or wet weather. Scarpa Inverno
[  ] Gaiters: A knee-length pair of gaiters, large enough to fit over your mountaineering boots. This will protect you from catching your crampons on loose clothing. OR Crocodile
[  ] Warm Hat: Wool or synthetic. It should be warm and thin enough to fit underneath a climbing helmet. Camp Race Hat
[  ] Goggles: Amber or rose-tinted goggles for adverse weather. Additionally, contact lens wearers may find a clear-lensed goggle very useful on windy nights. Smith Scope Pro
[  ] Balaclava/Neck Gaiter: Optional but recommended Mountain Hardwear Powerstretch
[  ] Heavy Insulated Glove/Mitten: Wind/water resistant, insulated gloves or mittens for protection against wind, snow and cold. These also serve as emergency back-ups if you drop or lose a glove.  Marmot Expedition Mitt
[  ] Sun Glasses: A pair of dark-lensed sunglasses with side shields or full wrap-type sunglasses. Julbo Dolgan
[  ] Goggles: Amber or rose-tinted goggles for adverse weather. Additionally, contact lens wearers may find a clear-lensed goggle very useful on windy nights. Smith Scope Pro
Please read through the following frequently asked questions and answers. These will help you prepare for your trip and get a better understanding of what to expect. Questions pertaining to Mountaineering immediately follow and Ice Climbing questions are further down. Thanks!

HOW LONG IS A MT. WASHINGTON CLIMB?

This depends on the group but anywhere from 8-10 hours.

WHAT IS THE MILEAGE OF THE MT. WASHINGTON CLIMB?

The Lions Head Winter Route is approximately 8.5 miles round trip.

WHERE AND WHEN DO WE MEET?

For Mt. Washington climbs, we will meet at 7AM sharp at The Bunkhouse at Northeast Mountaineering, which is 1 mile north of Storyland on Rt. 16 in Bartlett, NH.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

When considering clothing, you have to think in layers. Baselayer, insulating layer (fleece or down jacket), and a down parka. Check out the Guides Pick Section of our website for more details. The boots and parka are your two key pieces of gear. Thermals and ski pants also work well for the lower body. Avoid cotton at all costs. Instead wear wool, synthetic materials, and goose down. When considering your backpack, make sure it is an appropriate size and it must have a waist strap. School bags are not appropriate for our climbs.

WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS LIKE ABOVE TREELINE?

The conditions range from calm and sunny to raging wind and whiteout and every mix in between. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Mt. Washington is known for the worst weather in the world. Temperatures are regularly -10 to -50 in the winter. A good jacket is critical.

DO I NEED SNOWSHOES OR CRAMPONS?

Typically the routes we use are used daily and thus get packed down, making snowshoes useless. Crampons are needed once past the Tuckerman Ravine Trail.

WHAT ARE “MOUNTAINEERING BOOTS?”

These are boots that are designed specifically for snow and very cold weather. They are often composed of an internal insulating boot and an exterior plastic or leather boot. Hiking boots and winter snow boots are not suitable for Mt. Washington or the high peaks of New England in the winter.

HOW CAN I PAY FOR GEAR RENTALS?

We accept all forms of payment including cash, personal check, credit and debit cards. Please bring extra funds in the event that you rent more than you originally planned. Rentals must be paid for beforehand or on the day of the climb.

WHAT HAPPEN IF I DAMAGE MY RENTAL GEAR?

We offer rental gear insurance for $10. This covers any damage or loss that may occur to your rental gear. Without the insurance, you are responsible for the lost or damaged item(s).

AM I SUPPOSED TO TIP MY GUIDE(S)?

Tips are never expected, however if you think your guide did a great job, tips are welcomed and appreciated. A normal tip is 20% of the guide fees or $20 per guide per day.

CAN I CLIMB SOMETHING BESIDES MT. WASHINGTON?

Absolutely! We’ll do our best to cater to anything you have in mind. Send us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

WHERE SHOULD I STAY?

We recommend The Bunkhouse at Northeast Mountaineering. For your convenience, we offer co-ed, hostel-style accommodations on site. The cost is $15 per person. To maximize your climbing experience, we recommend that you stay in the area the night before your climb.

DO I NEED ANY EXPERIENCE?

Each climb that we offer has a range of experience levels as a prerequisite. Refer to the specific page of your proposed climb to see what experience is needed. Mt. Washington requires none at all. We ask that you are reasonably fit and can hike for entire day.

IS THERE A DEPOSIT TO SECURE MY SPOT ON A CLIMB?

Yes, we ask for $50/person to secure your spot. You will also need to complete it a health form and liability waiver to participate.

WILL THERE BE PEOPLE THAT I DO NOT KNOW ON MY CLIMB?

Unless you book a private climb, you will most likely be climbing with others. Don’t worry though…climbing creates bonds and friendships.

WHAT IS THE WINTER CLIMBING SEASON ON MT. WASHINGTON?

It usually runs from December to April.

 


Summer Ascent

This is the big one - the tallest mountain in the Northeast! Mt. Washington towers over its neighbors at an elevation of 6,288ft. It is known for erratic weather and extremely strong winds - even in the summer - and falling snow isn't unheard of in July. Save your brakes by foregoing the Auto Road and earn your delicacies from the Visitor Center by hiking to the top of New England. A summer ascent of Mt. Washington is on the must do list and an accomplishment worth celebrating!


 

 What To Know

CLIMB DETAILS

Length: 1 Day
Guide-to-Client Ratio: 1:4
Difficulty: Strenuous
When: May - November
Type: Hiking

PRICING

1 person: $200 per person
2 people: $150 per person
3 people: $130 per person
4 people: $120 per person
5+people: Call for rates

7 DAYS PER WEEK

For your convenience, we climb 7 days per week in season.

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GENERAL POLICIES

NEMs Adventure plans and itineraries are subject to change or adjustment based on a number of factors. These include, but are not limited to, route conditions, weather, terrain, and many other factors. NEM has complete discretion to change plans to accommodate any of these or other factors, including discretion to change program schedule or itinerary, and change guides or staff, as necessary for the proper and safe conduct of the program.

We reserve the right to cancel any program due to inadequate signups, weather or route conditions. In such a case, an NEM credit for the full value is given; however, NEM cannot be responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the program (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, hotel reservations).

NEM reserves the right to dismiss the Participant from a trip at any time if NEM determines, in its sole discretion, that the Participant is not physically, technically, or psychologically prepared for or capable of participating in the program. This includes being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

SUMMIT ATTEMPT

Northeast Mountaineering cannot guarantee that you will reach the summit. Weather, route conditions, your own abilities or the abilities of others may create circumstances that make an ascent unsafe, and you or your entire party will have to turn around without reaching the summit. Your program fee entitles you to one summit attempt on your specified dates.

RISK MANAGEMENT

Safety is NEM’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in the mountains such as avalanches, ice fall, rock fall, inclement weather, and high winds, but they cannot eliminate them. NEM guides draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sound decisions that maximize your experience without compromising the necessary margin of safety. Please clearly understand that mountaineering and all other mountain adventures are inherently hazardous sports. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of these sports, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in these activities.

DOMESTIC ADVENTURES

Payment in full is due at the time of booking. Cancellations outside of 7 days are fully refundable except for a $50 service fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 7 days before your program. Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to departure, we cannot make exceptions to this policy. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check.

INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURES

A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person secures your reservation but may vary - please check the individual pages. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due 1 month [30 days] before departure - but may vary.

CANCELLATION

There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 7 days before your program. Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to departure, we cannot make exceptions to this policy.

CHANGE OF DATE

Date changes are subject to availability and apply only to the current climbing season. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 7 days prior to your departure date for a $25 fee per person. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 3 days prior to your departure date for a $50 fee per person. There are no date changes allowed less than 2 days before departure.