Mt. Washington is known as "The home of the world's worst weather" and for good reason. It is common in the winter for wind speeds to hit 100+ mph, with wind chills as low as -50f, making this a real challenge and an unforgettable experience. Although this trip can be done on it's own, we highly recommend our mountaineering skills course first to build your skills before your climb. Our intro to mountaineering course is often done the day before your summit attempt.
We will meet at our Basecamp in Twin Mountain, NH at 7am where we will fill out our waivers and get geared up for the day. The day begins with a carpool to the trailhead at the base of Mount Washington. After a quick gear check, we will begin ascending the less traveled Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, passing several waterfalls along the way. As the route gets steeper, we will put on our crampons and take out our ice axes to help us move in the snowy terrain. We will take a short break at the Lake of the Clouds Hut to prepare for whatever weather Mount Washington throws at us. A long, steady slog will get us to the summit cone, as we wind back and forth through the switchbacks on the West side of Mount Washington's summit cone. After the demanding 4.0 mile hike we will reach the top of New England. Take a few minutes to snap some photos and take in the view before descending back down the trail. If conditions allow, the Ammonoosuc trail provides a full mile of glissading (fancy word for butt sliding) weaving through the trees on our way back to the trailhead. After we return to basecamp, we will swap some stories around the hot or cold beverage of your choice as we turn in our gear. Once we turn in our gear, some folks chose to have a optional group dinner afterwards at one of the area's amazing eateries before saying their goodbyes.
$160 One person
$150 Two people (each person)
$140 Three people (each person)
$125 Four people (each person)
Max guide ratio 1:4, 3 person minimum to run
$300 One person
$200 Two people (each person)
$175 Three people (each person)
$150 Four people (each person)
Max guide ratio 1:4, No minimum to run
This is a required personal gear list for our Mount Washington ascents, you are responsible for bringing these items. All technical gear is included (Ice axe, crampons, helmet, ropes) mountaineering boots and gaiters are available for rental, please be sure to reserve ahead to make sure we have the right size in stock.
Although not technically difficult, all participants should be physically fit and prepared for a long day in the mountains. Climbers should be able to carry a 25 pd. pack through rugged terrain for 8+ hours.
Reviewed February 21, 2017
Jamie and Justin were excellent guides on my trip to climb Mount Washington, they were extremely knowledgeable and their decision making process was bar none. Not only did they teach me how to Mountaineer but also explained why you do things the way you do.. I highly recommend taking the intro class to learn best practices as well as it will prepare you for your trip up Washington.
All in all I had an absolute blast and would recommend North Ridge Mountain Guides to anyone and everyone!
Visited February 2017
Reviewed February 9, 2017
My buddy and I recently completed the North Ridge Mountain Guide's 2-day mountaineering skills class, finishing with an ascent of Mount Washington. Jamie and Justin are exceptional guides with a wealth of outdoor knowledge that truly made our experience one of a kind. My friend and I explained our purpose in booking the class was to gain experience for bigger peaks down the road. Jamie and Justin voluntarily spent extra time with us after class on day 1 to answer any and all questions we had. They both go above and beyond. If you are thinking about booking a trip/class in the White Mountains, I highly recommend Jamie, Justin, and North Ridge Mountain Guides.
Visited February 2017
Reviewed January 24, 2017
Jamie and Justin were amazing guides for our winter ascent of Mount Washington! The first day is necessary to learn the basic skills of mountaineering and well worth the day. The climb itself is challenging, leaves you in awe of the beauty of the mountain, and coming down with a new level of confidence because of the skills Jamie and Justin taught you and having successfully climbed the mountain. We had a 100% completion rate with a group of six. We were all on various skill levels and Jamie and Justin were patient as we all gained confidence throughout the experience. I would recommend this trip and any trip with NRMG to everyone I know!
North Wales, Pennsylvania
Visited January 2017
North Ridge Mountain Guides White Mountains Basecamp
529 U.S. Route 3 South
Twin Mountain NH, 03595
Full payment is required when scheduling. Please do not make travel arrangements until a confirmation email is received. Travel insurance is highly suggested. Trips run rain, shine, sleet, or snow. Any cancellations over 30 days of your adventure will receive a full refund. Any cancellations within 30 days of your adventure will be credited as NRMG credit. Within 14 days of your adventure, no cancellations or rescheduling will be allowed and any fees will be forfeited. Multiple day trips have a non-refundable $50 per person booking fee. Group trips have a 3 person minimum to run. NRMG reserves the right to dismiss any participant if they are not physically, mentally, or technically (inadequate gear) prepared. NRMG also reserves the right to dismiss anyone if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Any dismissals by NRMG are not eligible for a refund. Any weather related cancellations from NRMG will include a credit for another trip. As professional mountain guides, our cancellation policy helps with our guides job security. There is no guarantee of reaching the summit, as peoples physical fitness and the weather on Mt. Washington can be a factor. Our job is to provide a safe and fun experience for everyone. If a summit is high on your list, consider a private climb. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather. 14+ with parent/legal guardians signature required.