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Activity Description

Mountaineering is a demanding sport. Conquering mountains requires strength, endurance, know-how, sound judgement, and a will to succeed… but not at all costs. What we have in New Hampshire we prefer to call “mountaineering lite,” but that term can be deceiving. Mt Washington and the other rugged summits of the northern Presidential Range — Mts. Madison, Adams, Jefferson, and Clay — have taken numerous lives. The highest summit, at only 6288′, is notorious and is billed as having the “world’s worst weather.” Combined as a team have summited successfully well over 300 times), more half of which have been done in winter, meaning we are uniquely qualified to agree. We have seen the worst of the worst up there, even experiencing 108 mph winds during a SAR effort. Only the serious need apply. It should be noted that trips to other New England ranges are available upon request.

Activity Offerings

Mountaineering can be a demanding and technically challenging adventure. With our intimate knowledge of Mt Washington and the Presidential Range (all of the New Hampshire ranges, for that matter), we can keep you and your party safe, and on track for the day’s destination… weather-/avalanche-/terrain-permitting. We have several routes, some atypical offerings, in addition to the standard winter routes with specific itineraries (see this page’s sub-pages on the main menu or embedded links herein), and we will customize your adventure to best meet your wants and needs, now and in the future. We can also offer summit sunrise trips (add $100), but in the interest of safety, we prefer not to sunset trips as they conflict with the alpine start standard. This is really a winter/early spring sport, and available as a very full day easily lasting 6-8 hours, though extended tours are available for varied traverses, for example. Please include any special objectives or desires you may have, if applicable, in the comments box of our Booking Form.

What to Wear

Please take your preparation seriously and ask if you have any questions whatsoever. It can get very bad above treeline in the winter and during some mountaineering trip. More than you can, perhaps, imagine. To ensure everyone’s safety and comfort, we offer this important clothing info. If you’re participating in our two-day Mt Washington program, please refer to the requirements for our Mountaineering Skills and Winter Skills courses, otherwise when dressing for mountaineering want to note the following:

  • Think layers. While a ski jacket, for example, may be warm and waterproof, if the insulation can’t be separated from the rain/snow protection layer, it really isn’t suitable. You will overheat if you need rain/snow protection while mountaineering. Bring independent layers. Having our “Alpine Ready Pack” will solve the matter offering everything you need to stay warm with exception to boots and your hiking baselayers and pants. Call if you have questions.
  • Never wear cotton, even at the underwear level, and those base layers are really necessary. Synthetic materials, wool, and especially performance/wicking materials should be your clothing of choice. For mountaineering, since cotton won’t dry and doesn’t insulate while wet, it can pose a hazard. You will want to wear the right type of sports or mountaineering clothing and you will want to bring extra.
  • Bring more than you think you need. Mountain weather can be very tricky and unpredictable. While it may be nice in town, the mountains can be very different. Being prepared can save your life. With our “Alpine Ready Pack,” however, we really have you covered.
  • For footwear, wear proper winter mountaineering boots with proper crampons (which can be rented locally if we lack your size, even done for you as a convenience for $40 plus the applicable rental fees). If you have hiking boots, even if winter-rated, we will take you winter hiking, not alpine mountaineering. It’s not quite the same experience, though, you’ll still love it.
  • Seriously, in winter, above treeline, you will want to prep for Denali. On some days. We are not in any way joking or exaggerating. Having gear such as the following as a minimum is expected: Heavy-duty hooded parka, heavy base layers, overmitts with liners, hardshell pants and jacket, mountaineering boots with step-in crampons, balaclava, face protection, and at least one set of goggles (two is better).

Necessary Gear

For your mountaineering gear needs, in addition to your own non-cotton base layers, hiking/climbing pants with shirt, and rentable footwear, as described above, we offer three options. Click to expand.

Gear Option 1 - Open
Rent our “Alpine Ready Pack” for $75/person/day. This option will satisfy all your gear needs to include quality safety layers as well as rain and wind protection (hardshells), shelter, and your food and water needs for the duration of the activity, including specialty gear (but excluding mountaineering boots). This only leaves a need for personal items such as…

  • Personal first aid kit/meds.
  • Personal hygiene items.
  • Camera/phone (weather-protected).
  • Lip balm, sun block: SPF 30 min.
  • Sunglasses (glacier glasses).
  • Proper footwear (see information above).
  • Proper clothing layering (see information above).
  • Seasonal specialty clothing (see information above).

SPECIAL NOTE: You may get an “Alpine Ready Pack, Lean” without food and water for $60/person/day.
SPECIAL NOTE: You can also order just food and water for $15/person/day. (Available with any option.)

Gear Option 2 - Open
Bring your own pack containing, in addition to the items above, the gear shown in the list below, as needed per the season and objective, but rent any necessary specialty gear items in the sub-list below that…

  • A lined pack with hip belt and room for the items below (~40-50 liters).
  • Hardshell jacket and pants, or rain poncho (mountain weather can be quite wet).
  • Mountain-rated insulated layer (mountains are much colder than in town).
  • Multiple winter-rated mid-layers, maybe a soft shell (much colder).
  • Food for the day, plus extra.
  • Water for the day, at least 2 liters, plus extra.
  • Seasonally-rated hat, gloves/mittens.
  • Balaclava, face protection, and goggles.
  • Headlamp with spare batteries (or backup device).
  • Whistle or sound-making device (sternum strap whistles are okay).
  • Tarp, bivvy, or personal shelter.
  • A lightweight emergency sleeping pad.

Plus any of these specialty items also available from the master rental list, below…

  • Ice/Snow Axe.
  • Mountaineering Boots.
  • Mountaineering Crampons.
  • Mountaineering Harness.
  • Climbing Helmet.

General Rental Gear Pricing
  • Empty Backpack: $15/person/day.
  • Headlamp w/ Batteries: $5/person/day.
  • Trekking Pole Set: $5/person/day.
  • Bushwhack Kit (Compass/Glasses): $5/person/day.
  • Food and Water (Lunch Kit): $15/person/day.

Summer Clothing/Layers Pricing
(NOTE: By “Summer” we mean warmer, summer-like conditions, not the season.)
  • Fleece (Midlayer): $5/person/day.
  • Puffy Jacket (Midweight): $20/person/day.
  • Hardshell Set: $35/person/day.
  • Light Gloves: $5/person/day.
  • Climbing Gloves: $10/person/day.

Winter Clothing/Layers Pricing – Add to List Above
(NOTE: By “Winter” we mean colder, winter-like conditions, not the season.)
  • Puffy/Parka (Heavyweight/Winter): $25/person/day.
  • Hardshell Set: $35/person/day (Gaiters Req. w/ Crampon Use).
  • Mitts/Overmitts: $10/person/day.
  • Watchman’s Hat: $5/person/day.
  • Balaclava: $5/person/day.
  • Face Protection (Faceglove/Mask): $5/person/day.
  • Ski Goggles: $5/person/day.
  • Gaiters (Winter): $10/person/day.

Winter Rental Gear Pricing
(NOTE: By “Winter” we mean colder, winter-like conditions, not the season.)
  • Light Traction: $10/person/day.
  • Mountaineering Snowshoes: $15/person/day.
  • Mountaineering Crampons: $15/person/day.
  • Climbing Helmet: $5/person/day.
  • Ice/Snow Axe: $10/person/day.
  • Whippet: $10/person/day.
  • Alpine Harness: $10/person/day.

Winter Technical Gear Pricing
(NOTE: By “Winter” we mean colder, winter-like conditions, not the season.)
  • Ice Climbing Crampons: $15/person/day.
  • Technical Ice Tools: $15/person/day.
  • Climbing Harness: $10/person/day.
  • Mountaineering Boots: $25/person/day.
  • Avalanche Beacon: $25/person/day.
  • Avalanche Probe: $10/person/day.
  • Avalanche Shovel: $10/person/day.
  • Avalanche Kit: $40/person/day.

Summer Technical Gear Pricing
(NOTE: By “Summer” we mean warmer, summer-like conditions, not the season.)
  • Climbing Helmet: $5/person/day.
  • Alpine Harness: $10/person/day.
  • Rock Climbing Shoes: $15/person/day.
  • Climbing Harness: $10/person/day.
  • Chalk Bag w/ Chalk): $5/person/day.
  • Personal Flotation Device: $10/person/day.

Backpacking Gear Pricing
  • Sleeping Bag (Rated): $20/person/night.
  • Sleeping Pad (Foam): $5/person/night.
  • Sleeping Pad (Inflatabe): $15/person/night.
  • Tent (1-2 People): $20/person/night.
  • Tent (3-4 People): $30/person/night.
  • Stove w/ Fuel: $15/person/night.

Other Gear-Related Pricing
  • Gear Insurance (Regular/Hiking): $10/person/day.
  • Gear Insurance (Alpine/Winter): $20/person/day.
  • Gear Insurance (Backpacking): $30/person/day.
  • Outsourced Gear (Pick Up Fee): $40/person/day.

Gear Option 3 - Open
Bring everything and rent nothing. In which case, you will need everything from the above lists appropriate to your activity, objective, and expected conditions. Contact us if you have questions, mention it on the booking form, or simply note it when we call to finalize your booking.

Okay… Let’s Do This!

What follows below is the pricing and other information you’ll probably want or need to know.

Full Day Mountaineering DT Pricing
For one person $325
For two people $250 each
For three people $225 each
For four or more $200 each
Two Day Mountaineering DT Pricing
For one person $575
For two people $375 each
For three people $350 each
For four or more $300 each
Mountaineering DT Premiums
Sunrise/sunset summit Add $100 to total
Make it private INCLUDED
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Other Information
  • The difficulty of this activity is as requested but is inherently tough.
  • This activity has a 1:4 guide/guest ratio.
  • The maximum group size is 8 with 2 guides.
  • For parties larger than 8, please contact us.
  • Gratuities not included; 15-25% is customary for a good job.

Not ready for this? Try out our Mountaineering Skills or Winter Skills courses (taking these courses — or convincing us you have the appropriate experience — will open up routes to you that will not otherwise be available). Optionally you can get both of these courses and a full day mountaineering experience by opting for our two-day MW offering. If you’re ready, go ahead and BOOK IT NOW!

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