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Mount Washington Observatory Summer Overnight EduTrips

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A True Mount Washington Experience

Overnight EduTrips allow you to fully experience the summit of Mount Washington by spending a night in our weather station at 6,288 feet above sea level, the tallest peak in the Northeast. You’ll get to enjoy a full day of education and alpine adventures, followed by a guided tour of the Mount Washington Observatory's famous mountaintop weather station and the opportunity to meet the scientists living and working in this remote outpost. The content of each trip is custom tailored for you by the educators and observers at Mount Washington. You’ll receive expert, one-on-one instruction with the mountain as your classroom. You might even get the opportunity to witness sunset and sunrise over New England. If you’re looking for the ultimate educational alpine adventure, this is the trip for you.

What's Included
  • Round-trip transportation to and from the summit
  • A dedicated Observatory trip leader
  • Admission to Extreme Mount Washington
  • Lunch (both days), Dinner and Breakfast
  • An exclusive tour of our mountaintop weather station
  • Presentation from our meteorologist on staff
  • Customized classroom programs
Trip Format

Your adventure will begin at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, where you’ll meet your trip leaders and prepare for your journey to the observatory. As you ascend the 8-mile road, you’ll take in the incredible scenery of Pinkham Notch and the Presidential Range while passing our remote weather monitoring stations. When you reach the top you will have gained more than 4,500 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. After gaining the summit you’ll head inside the weather station and continue your educational experience at the Mount Washington Observatory.

The rest of your day will include:

  • Ample opportunity to explore the summit and experience Mt. Washington's notorious weather
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of the Mount Washington Observatory's famous mountaintop weather station, where you'll learn about the institution's work and see the instruments used by Observatory scientists
  • A trip to the top of the instrument tower for a birds-eye view of the summit from the highest point on the mountain
  • An educational program presented by our meteorologist on staff. They will share their experience working in some of the most extreme weather conditions and explain how they maintain instrumentation at the summit
  • The opportunity to experience sunset and/or sunrise from the tallest peak in the Northeast
  • A night in our weather station on the summit of Mount Washington
  • Expert instruction in your chosen trip's topic

Most trips meet at 8:30am and generally arrive back at the base around 3:00pm the next day, some trips do start later in the day due to events on the Auto Road. Safety is always the main concern, so please bring your sense of adventure and a willingness to go with the flow.

Dates & Topics

Available Dates


LIFE, WORK AND THE ENVIRONMENT ATOP MOUNT WASHINGTON

Date: July 8-9, 2017 (Saturday-Sunday)

This trip provides a backstage pass to Mount Washington Observatory. Get a firsthand look at how and why Observatory scientists observe and record Mount Washington's weather.  You will explore the mountain's fascinating human and natural history, learn about the ecology of the White Mountains, and experience life and work at the Observatory's legendary mountaintop station. The arrival time for this trip will be at 12:30pm and guests can expect to be back down off the mountain at 6:00pm the following day.

 

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THUNDERSTORMS

Date: July 15-16, 2017 (Saturday-Sunday)

Thunderstorms are an awe-inspiring phenomenon, which stem from a delicate balance of environmental conditions from the surface of the earth to the top of the atmosphere. During this summit overnight experience, the meteorology of thunderstorm formation will be examined, starting with the very basics of thermodynamics, gradually building a foundation to examine the fascinating science behind the anatomy of thunderstorms, supercells, and ultimately concluding with tornado development. Lots of hands-on activities, interactive demonstrations, as well as dynamic photo and video footage will accompany the training led by on-summit meteorologists!

 

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LIFE, WORK AND THE ENVIRONMENT ATOP MOUNT WASHINGTON

Date: August 12-13, 2017 (Saturday-Sunday)

This trip provides a backstage pass to Mount Washington Observatory. Get a firsthand look at how and why Observatory scientists observe and record Mount Washington's weather.  You will explore the mountain's fascinating human and natural history, learn about the ecology of the White Mountains, and experience life and work at the Observatory's legendary mountaintop station.

 

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THUNDERSTORMS

Date: August 19-20, 2017 (Saturday-Sunday)

Thunderstorms are an awe-inspiring phenomenon, which stem from a delicate balance of environmental conditions from the surface of the earth to the top of the atmosphere. During this summit overnight experience, the meteorology of thunderstorm formation will be examined, starting with the very basics of thermodynamics, gradually building a foundation to examine the fascinating science behind the anatomy of thunderstorms, supercells, and ultimately concluding with tornado development. Lots of hands-on activities, interactive demonstrations, as well as dynamic photo and video footage will accompany the training led by on-summit meteorologists!  The arrival time for this trip will be at 1:00pm and guests can expect to be back down off the mountain at 5:00pm the following day.

 

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FALL FOLIAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

Date: October 7-8, 2017 (Saturday-Sunday)

Experience the fall foliage and learn about photography from longtime summit observer Ryan Knapp. Capture the beauty of Mount Washington while learning techniques and best practices with your camera. You will spend an evening with summit observers, take a tour of the weather station and experience the weather in addition to the time spent behind the camera!

 

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Cost

$399 for supporting members of the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory.

$475 for non-members. Not a member? Join now to save money and enjoy a number of valuable, exclusive benefits.

* Program rates do not include an additional administrative processing fee charged by our online booking service. This service reduces administrative time and helps Observatory educators, educate!

 

Health & Safety Requirements

The minimum age for a summer trip is 16. Minors must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or qualified adult leader. No lengthy, strenuous hiking is involved, but participants should be in good physical condition to explore the summit’s great outdoors. Please review our health and safety requirements for detail information about summer weather on Mount Washington.

Participants should dress for hiking, and come equipped with warm clothing, rain gear, and sturdy footwear. Please see the summer gear list required for all overnight trip participants (no high-heels or dress shoes please!).

Gear Requirements

For your health and safety, and for the health and safety of your fellow trip mates, you will be required to come prepared with attire and gear to protect you from Mount Washington's extreme conditions. View the full list on our required summer gear list.

If you have any questions about any of this gear, don't hesitate to contact us. We will help you find what you need to enjoy the trip of a lifetime!

Directions

Directions to the Mt. Washington Auto Road can be found here. Please park and check in at the Mt. Washington Auto's Glen House, located directly across the street from the base of the Auto Road. Searching the term "Great Glen Trails" into your GPS may be helpful. Once you have arrived, you'll be greeted by your Observatory trip leader.

Cancellations

Trip fees will be refunded for cancellations made at least 30 days before the trip date, less a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations less than 30 days but more than 14 days before the departure date will be credited at 50%. Cancellations made within 14 days of the trip date will result in forfeiture of the entire trip fee.

A minimum of four participants is required for a trip to run. If we do not reach that minimum by one week before the trip, the trip may be cancelled. All registrants will be offered the option of a refund or a re-booking on another trip.

The safety of our guests and employees is of utmost importance, so trips may be cancelled due to extremely inclement weather. We will do our best to notify all participants of the cancellation in advance, but mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable, so we cannot guarantee advance notice. The decision to cancel a trip could be made on the morning of the trip.

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For an extended stay please visit our area lodging page for a variety of options from our lodging partners.

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