Gear Requirements for All Winter Trips to the Summit

  • Due to space limitations on the snowcat, all belongings must be condensed as much as possible. For day trips, we recommend bringing a single day pack per person. For overnight guests, one duffle bag (no wider than two car seats) and one day pack per person works well.
  • All essential outdoor gear items must be readily accessible while in transit to/from the summit station
  • Any trip participant who is not appropriately prepared with the required gear is subject to dismissal from the trip
  • Eastern Mountain Sports, the official outfitter of Mount Washington Observatory staff, carries many of the products listed below

Required for all trips

  • Wicking base layer
  • Insulating mid-layer such as a fleece or parka
  • Waterproof outer layer/shell jacket
  • Snow pants
  • Liner gloves
  • Warm outer gloves or mittens
  • Ski goggles (tinted)
  • Balaclava/face mask
  • Wool socks
  • Wool hat
  • Warm & waterproof boots
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Water bottle

Additional requirements for overnight guests

  • Indoor “lounging” clothes & footwear
  • Sleeping bag (one fitted sheet and a pillow will be provided by MWO)
  • All necessary toiletries
  • Food items (if special non-allergenic dietary restrictions apply)

Recommended for all trips

  • Gaiters
  • Sunglasses
  • Additional layers
  • Basic first aid supplies

The following will be provided by MWOBS if necessary

  • Any appropriate traction devices (e.g. microspikes)
  • Trekking poles
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