Mount Washington Observatory Overnight
Day(s): Friday & Saturday
Climb the tallest peak in the Northeast and spend the night in the famous Mount Washington Observatory. Join Ice Fest and IMCS guides for a special overnight mission to the summit of Mount Washington!
On Friday, the group will meet at IME at 7 AM to prepare and get outfitted for the adventure (see a gear list here). The team will then drive up to Pinkham Notch, where we will set out for the Winter Lions Head Trail and a one-day ascent of Mount Washington. Along the way, we will discuss the basics of general mountaineering skills, winter navigation and we will be able to practice basic crampon and ice axe skills. After summitting and settling in, Observatory staff will be on hand to conduct a tour of the facility and answer questions about the meteorological equipment and research being conducted. Observatory staff will also provide dinner and the following day's breakfast. After breakfast on Saturday, we will pack up and hike back down to Pinkham Notch and then return to IME where we will end our adventure, just in time for après hour and the evening presentations.
The cost is $495 per person and includes:
- Rental of double boots, crampons and ice axes
- A guided ascent and decent of Mt Washington with IMCS guides
- Overnight stay in the OBS Bunkroom (summer 3 season sleeping bag needed)
- Tour of the Observatory and summit museum
- Dinner with the Observatory staff
- 1 year Mount Washington Observatory membership
Due to our limited dates and requirements from the Mount Washington Observatory, we must include a strict cancellation policy for this trip. Cancellations made more than 2 weeks prior to the trip’s scheduled departure will require a $50 administration fee. Full payment is required by January 19. Cancellations made 14 to 8 days prior to the start of the trip will result in a $250 deposit forfeiture. If you must cancel within 7 days of trip departure, there is no refund. If we are not able to leave the observatory due to extreme weather there will be a $195 charge per person for each additional night.