One day Mount Washington Climb & Summit Attempt
- 8am Meet at The Bunkhouse at Northeast Mountaineering
- Most popular routes are Summer Lion Head Route
- Other options included Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Tuckerman Ravine Trail and many more as conditions permit
- Summit attempt and return to The Bunkhouse around 6pm
Skill Set Taught & Required
If you aren't currently familiar, we will teach and then demonstrate the following skills to you during the hike. We work hard to ensure your safety.
- For all ages and ability levels
- Common hiking techniques for ascending and descending
- Proper hydration and nutrition
- Popular trail etiquette
- Relevant history and natural environment
PLEASE BRING THESE ITEMS WITH YOU FROM HOME
When selecting clothing for your adventure, think layers. Choose synthetic materials, wool, or fleece.
The saying is "Cotton Kills." It will absorb sweat and then freeze - increasing the chances of hypothermia.
Please Bring the Following Items.
|[ ] Under Garments: Please avoid cotton. Wicking material is ideal.
|[ ] Socks Wool or Synthetic
Snow pants will suffice instead of soft shell climbing pants and if you have insulating layers and jackets we recommend that you bring them. There will be time to sort through what you should bring and what you leave behind.
RENTALS AVAILABLE AT CLIMBINGRENTALS.COM
Most of the required equipment [listed below] is available for rent from our affiliate mtnGEAR.
NEM climbers will receive an exclusive discount of 20% discount on all rental equipment and clothing.
Visit mtnGEAR for Rental Prices
|[ ] Pack with Waist Strap: A 20-30L pack is the recommended size for one day climbs. Your pack MUST have a waist strap. A backpack will not suffice.
|| Patagonia Ascensionist Daypack 35L
|[ ] Ball Hat/Sun Hat: Optional. A lightweight ball cap or sun hat.
|[ ] Sun Glasses: A pair of dark-lensed sunglasses with side shields or full wrap-type sunglasses.
|[ ] Light Insulating Layer/Soft Shell Top: A fleece or other insulation layer.
||Patagonia R1 Pullover
|[ ]Hard Shell Jacket with Hood: Wind/rain Proof. Gore-Tex recommended.
|[ ] Hiking Pants or Shorts: Synthetic climbing pants offer a wide range of versatility. You can wear them alone on hot days, or in combination with the base layer on cold days. The thickness (insulation quality) should be based on how well you do in the heat.
|[ ] Hard Shell Pants: A pant made of breathable rain and wind-proof material will be needed. Full-length side zippers are recommended for facilitating quick clothing adjustments over boots.
||Marmot Precip Full Zip
|[ ] Hiking Boots or Trail Running Sneakers: Sturdy shoes with closed toes and secure ties are mandatory. Hiking boots provide extra ankle support.
It is important to continuously take in calories throughout the day. Every break you should eat a snack during the short 10 to 15 minute rest. Food is the wood to your fire and to keep it stoked it needs constant replenishing. Do not plan on cooking or preparing your snacks in the field. All food should be prepared and packed ready for immediate consumption.
We suggest crackers, pizza, candy bars, jerky, chips, cookies, trail mix, fruits, Gu, energy bars, and hard candies. 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.
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! Hydration bladders work well if you have experience with them. Otherwise, bring 32oz. Wide Mouth Nalgene bottles if you have them.
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.
Do I need any prior experience?
You do not need prior experience to join us! The Mount Washington Hike is designed for all ages and experience levels. The weather above treeline can be extreme and participants should be prepared for exposure to high winds and arctic temperatures. We will work hard to ensure your safety, teach you the necessary skills and keep the excitement level high!
What happens if the weather doesn't cooperate?
We usually will hike in the rain and wind. Lightning will reschedule or end our hike. Please plan for all weather conditions. We may just alter the plan based on the weather forecast.
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 rent the gear that I do not own?
Most of the required equipment is available for rent from our affiliate mtnGEAR. NEM climbers will receive an exclusive discount of 20% discount on all rental equipment and clothing.
What do I need for footwear?
Hiking boots or trail running shoes will suffice.
Where should I stay during the course?
We recommend The Bunkhouse at Northeast Mountaineering. For your convenience, we offer co-ed, hostel-style accommodations on site. The cost is $20 per person. To maximize your climbing experience, we recommend that you stay in the area the night before your climb.
How do I find out when and where to meet?
Upon completion of your registration you will get a confirmation email with a link to all the pertinent information. You will be asked to secure your rental equipment and read through the welcome information to be prepared and on time for your course.