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Mount Washington Observatory Announces New Autumn Day Trips with the Mt. Washington Cog Railway

NORTH CONWAY, NH—August 16, 2013—The nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory is proud to announce its newest educational offering: Autumn day trips to the summit of Mount Washington featuring round-trip transportation on the historic Mt. Washington Cog Railway and a full day, expert-guided exploration of the Northeast's tallest peak. The trips will be offered September 13 and September 20, 2013.

“Most people who visit the summit don’t have the opportunity to venture beyond the gift shop and observation deck,” says Michelle Cruz, Mount Washington Observatory Director of Education. “Our trips will allow people to more fully experience this incredible place.”

A nonprofit scientific research and educational institution, Mount Washington Observatory has occupied the summit continuously since founding its weather station there in 1932. The Observatory’s newest trips invite visitors behind the scenes to experience the mountain through the eyes of these resident experts.

The trips will begin at the historic Marshfield Station, where you’ll meet your guide and board the train. As you ascend the steepest railroad tracks in North America, taking in the incredible scenery of Crawford Notch and the Presidential Range, you'll learn interesting facts about Mount Washington’s storied past and infamous weather.

When you reach the top you will have gained more than 3,500 feet of elevation, traveling from the temperate forest, through tree line, and into to the alpine zone—a rugged, otherworldly landscape of earth and sky. Your Observatory guide will offer informal educational sessions as you explore the summit by foot, interpreting the natural history, weather, and ecology of the mountain amidst seemingly endless photo ops.

A highlight of your day will be a backstage tour of Mount Washington Observatory's famous mountaintop weather station (closed to the general public), which recorded the highest wind speed ever observed by man. You’ll learn about the fascinating work conducted at this tiny outpost, climb to the top of the instrument tower for a birds-eye view of the summit, and then enjoy a hearty, homemade lunch in the station's private living quarters.

The trips will meet at 8:30am and return to the base around 5:00pm. The cost is $155 for supporting members of the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory and $175 for non-members. The fee includes round-trip transportation on the Mt. Washington Cog Railway, guided walks around the summit (weather permitting), a behind-the-scenes tour of the Mount Washington Observatory weather station, lunch, and informal educational sessions throughout the day.

To learn more and register, visit MountWashington.org/Events or call (603) 356-2137, ext. 225.

About Mount Washington Observatory
Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution 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 from its weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit MountWashington.org.

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