Health Disclosure Form
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
- Emphysema, Respiratory Conditions
- 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, the 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.
Please note that all fields marked * are required.