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Exclusive Mount Washington Slideshow by National Geographic Photojournalist Jose Azel Set for February 19 in Bartlett, NH

Celebrating Mount Washington’s appearance in the current edition of National Geographic, Mount Washington Observatory presents a look behind the scenes at the making of the article

BARTLETT, NH – Of all the world's natural wonders, of all the exotic lands and far away places, National Geographic chose to feature Mount Washington, New Hampshire in the current edition of its magazine. Building upon the pride and excitement that the article has generated for residents across northern New England, Mount Washington Observatory is presenting a special event featuring National Geographic Photojournalist Jose Azel. The event will give Mount Washington fans the chance to look behind the scenes at the making of the article, “Backyard Arctic”.


Over two winters, Azel captured hundreds and hundreds of images that chronicle Mount Washington's legendary weather extremes and the adventurous men and women who live and work at the Observatory. The result is a breathtaking collection of photographs, taken from the valley below, at Tuckerman Ravine, at treeline, on the rugged summit cone and inside the safety of the Observatory. These images tell the awe-inspiring tale of the "World's Worst Weather."


The event takes place on Thursday, February 19 in the Grand Ballroom of the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel in Bartlett, New Hampshire. Tickets are $20 and since only 600 seats are available, it is recommended that tickets are purchased in advance. They may be purchased by phone at (800) 706-0432, ext. 230 and on the Observatory’s website, www.MountWashington.org.


The evening kicks off at 6:30 PM with a reception in the lobby of the hotel's Grand Ballroom. A cash bar and light hors d'oeuvres will be available, as will photojournalist Jose Azel, Mount Washington Observatory executive director Scot Henley and members of the Observatory's mountaintop and North Conway staff.


At 7:30 PM, Henley will present a program about the work of the Mount Washington Observatory, including a live update from the summit of Mount Washington. Since 1932, the non-profit Mount Washington Observatory has been right there in the thick of it, gathering weather data, conducting scientific research and educating the public about the science of weather and climate.


Azel will then take the stage, showcasing dozens of images that were shot for National Geographic. He will offer a first-hand account of what it was like to take on such an immense challenge-- to capture the essence of winter on Mount Washington.


“We are so glad that Jose Azel is available and willing to present this incredible slideshow for us,” says Henley. “Jose literally took hundreds and hundreds of photos for the article, and he will be sharing several dozen of the best images with us at the event. The images are breathtaking.”


The event will feature several door prizes and a raffle for a framed black and white Mount Washington image from the Observatory's Washburn Gallery collection.


All proceeds from this event will benefit the non-profit Mount Washington Observatory, as it works to match a $25,000 challenge grant from the Kendall C. and Anna Ham Charitable Foundation. The challenge grant was awarded to the Observatory for the development of two new exhibits in its Weather Discovery Center in North Conway.


“This mountain is so special to so many people across New England, and being featured in one of the most recognizable magazines in the world is very exciting,” says Henley. “We are all looking forward to celebrating Mount Washington on the 19th.”


The February edition of National Geographic, with its 12-page feature on Mount Washington and the work of the Observatory is currently on newsstands. For the online version of the story, with additional images of the mountain and the Mount Washington Observatory, visit the Observatory’s website at www.MountWashington.org and follow the links to National Geographic magazine.

The event is sponsored by L.L.Bean, with additional support from HEB Engineers, The Mountain Ear, Conway Daily Sun, WMWV-FM, RSN TV-16 and the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel.
Mount Washington Observatory is a private, non-profit, member-supported organization with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements in one of the most extreme locations on Earth, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For current conditions, seven webcams, photos, forecasts and information about supporting the Observatory, visit www.MountWashington.org.

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