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Health Disclosure Form

The New Hampshire Fire Marshall's Office requires that all summit visitors and volunteers meet one requirement: In the event of an emergency, you must be physically able to "self-evacuate" from the summit. Specifically, you must have the physical ability to get yourself down the mountain, even in extreme conditions. In summer, or while the Mt. Washington Auto Road is open, this may involve a short hike to meet a vehicle. In winter, it could mean an eight-mile hike in freezing temperatures, deep snow, strong wind, and dense fog. We urge all winter participants to take this requirement very seriously.

The Mount Washington Observatory summit weather station is several hours from medical care, and conditions on the mountain are often dangerous. Therefore, individuals with medical conditions such as those described below may not be qualified to visit, based on the severity of the particular condition:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Cardiovascular Disease/Congestive Heart Failure
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Emphysema, Respiratory Conditions
  • Fractures/Sprains
  • Neck/Spine/Back Problems
  • Severe Pet Allergies (we have a resident cat)

PLEASE NOTE: This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of medical conditions that prohibit participation. If you have questions regarding your own physical ability to visit the summit of Mount Washington, please consult your physician. In some cases, a doctor's note may be requested prior to your visit. To ensure your safety and the safety of others, Mount Washington Observatory reserves the right to deny access, even on the morning of departure, to those who do not meet these health and safety requirements. Refunds will not be available.


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