Mount Washington Winter Ascent

Our one day ascent of the Northeast's highest (and windiest) peak is a challenging mountaineering objective. Photo: Celebrating at 6,288' on the summit of Mount Washington.

Looking to join a group or start one?

We have people looking to join others for a Mount Washington climb on the following dates:

  • December 22, 2018
  • January 20, 2019

Mount Washington is the highest peak in New Hampshire and the Northeast. It’s a challenging mountaineering objective in itself and the perfect stepping stone for those looking to test their mettle before tackling more ambitious peaks like Mount Rainier.

This course is available as a private, pre-existing group, or via our Flexible Booking (we’ll try to match you with other climbers) option.

  • Choose whether this is a private (1 on 1) or an existing group. Prices are per person per day.
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  • Online booking is available 2 days from today (please call or email to inquire about earlier dates; we can often accommodate last minute requests). If you are booking for multiple days, this will be your starting date.
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    Online Bookings
    Online bookings are subject to guide availability and other factors such as weather and climbing conditions. After receiving your online booking, we will get back to you within 1 business day via phone or email to confirm your booking. In the event that we cannot accommodate your booking, you have the option of having your payment refunded or applied to a future booking.

    Payment
    SMG accepts credit cards, PayPal, checks, and cash. Payment is due in full 7 days before a booking (or at time of booking confirmation when a course/trip is less than 7 days away). An exception is made for payment by check or cash...in these cases, payment is due in full at or before the course/trip.

    Cancellations
    If you have to cancel your booking, please give us as much notice as possible. If you cancel 30+ days before the booking, we’ll apply the deposit/payment towards another booking at a later date or you can request a refund. If you cancel from 14-29 days before the booking, we’ll apply the deposit/payment towards another booking at a later date. If you cancel 13 days or sooner from the booking, for any reason, the deposit/payment is forfeited.

    Weather & Winter
    Winter courses/trips are rain or shine. If SMG cancels a booking due to weather, we will reschedule you for an alternate date of your choice.

Pay a 50% Deposit

Course Information

Mt. Washington is known as the Home of the World’s Worst Weather, and still holds the world record for the highest windspeed ever witnessed by man, a mind boggling 231 mph. During the winter months, the wind speed on the summit tops 70 mph at least once every three days, and it’s not uncommon for climbers to encounter temperatures of -30F and below. You’ll be above treeline for about half of the ascent, which for many is their first experience with a true alpine environment.

The alpine conditions, combined with Mt. Washington’s accessibility, allow you to gain invaluable winter survival experience…without having to travel to the Rockies, Cascades or Alaska. The SMG guides have hundreds of Mt. Washington ascents under their belts, and this deep experience level and local knowledge will allow you to push yourself higher and farther than you might have thought possible. Most of our guides are members of the Mountain Rescue Service, so you’ll be making your ascent with someone who has conducted numerous rescues on the mountain. Simply put, you could not be in better hands.

In addition to potentially bagging one of the most iconic summits in the lower 48, your guide will work with you on the skills you’ll need to become a competent mountaineer. Here’s a partial list of topics:

  • Training
  • Gear and clothing selection
  • Preparation and packing up
  • White-out navigation and route finding
  • Avalanche awareness
  • Crampon technique
  • Ice axe technique including self arrest
  • Pacing
  • Frost bite and hypothermia awareness
  • Proper hydration and food intake
  • Descending and down-climbing, including glissading

Prerequisites

No prior experience is required, but the ascent is 4.1 miles and 4250 vertical feet, so participants should be physically fit and ready to trudge uphill with a sizable pack for four or five hours. If you are interested, we can help you with a training program to get prepared for the ascent.

Time

8 hours, approximately five hours up, and three hours down.

Equipment & Clothing

SMG will supply you with mountaineering boots, crampons, and ice axe. Please contact us for a copy of our winter gear list. While you are responsible for your own clothing, we do have some items for rent, so contact us if you are short on gear – we will help you to get the proper kit together.

When & Where

Your day will start at the SMG office in Intervale NH at 7am. We can get you outfitted with your gear and clothing then, or you can stop by the afternoon or evening before if you are already in town.

More Info

Please see the Lion Head Winter Route Overview, the Tuckerman Ravine Winter Climbing Overview, or contact Synnott Mountain Guides with any questions.

Mountains, Cliffs, & Routes

We can summit Mount Washington by a variety of routes depending on ability levels and conditions:

  • Lions Head Winter Route
  • Tuckerman Ravine
  • Boott Spur
  • Ammonoosuc Ravine
Difficulty

Beginner through Advanced (depending on route)

Length

One Day

Season

October through April for Winter Conditions

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