This one-day course is an introduction to waterfall ice climbing and general mountaineering. It is best suited for novice winter climbers. The first half of the day will be spent learning about the equipment, crampons, ice axes, anchors and belays and the second half will be on application. Book online!
Mount Washington Observatory Overnight
Join IMCS for a Mt. Washington guided ascent with a one night stay in the famous Mount Washington Observatory
- Two people
- Three people
- Four people
An exclusive opportunity to spend the night on the highest summit in the Northeast.
Situated at the intersection of three major storm tracks which affect the northern Appalachian Range, and rising from the surrounding lowlands for much of its 6,288 feet, Mount Washington is known for its extreme weather conditions. Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeast and the conditions above timberline are as serious as any mountain in North America. As we ascend we will discuss general mountaineering skills, winter navigation and we will be able to practice basic crampon, ice axe skills and self arrest techniques. No previous mountaineering experience is required to register. However, participants should be physically prepared and well equipped for a rigorous all day experience. We will meet at IMCS at 7:00 a.m. for a gear check and to get fitted for mountaineering boots, crampons and ice axe.
At the summit, you will receive an educational tour of the Observatory with their experts, and have the unique opportunity to watch the sunset and sunrise from the warmth of the summit building.
Includes tour of the summit building / observatory, hot dinner, and overnight accommodations.
Although you have most of the day to make the summit, this is still a physically demanding hike. Please call with any questions.
Saturday, January 13th
– gear check in the morning (7am)
– review weather / conditions
– climb to the summit
– tour of the weather station & seminar about weather and climate
– arrival snack, dinner provided
– co-ed bunk accommodations (participants must provide their own sleeping bags, or available to rent)
Sunday, January 14th
– descent from the summit
Thanks to the New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation for hosting this excursion.