The Climb


Mt. Washington Expedition Details

In September 2016 the team will tackle Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, located some 130 miles north of Boston. Topping out at 6,288 feet above sea level, Mt. Washington is part of the famous Presidential Range and is the highest point in the northeastern United States. However, in elevation alone the mountain is less than half the size of CFW2 at Pikes Peak. But looks can be deceiving.

Mt. Washington is know as “the home of the world’s worst weather.” The lowest temperature ever recorded at the summit is −50.0 °F. Only the South Pole is colder. And in April 1934, the summit’s observatory recorded a 231-mile-per-hour wind that remains a world record for a land-based weather station. The average temperature on the summit is 26.5 degrees Fahrenheit, and winds average nearly 40 miles per hour. The summit gets about 42 feet of snow per year, and typically sees snowfall every month of the year.


On Saturday, September 3, the Climb for Water team will approach the summit by way of the Lion’s Head Trail. We will gain over 4,000 vertical feet in just 4 miles, making it the second steepest ascent of all the campaigns. Only Cotopaxi was steeper. Once the summit is achieved, the team will descent by way of Tuckerman’s Ravine Trail – still extremely steep, but not quite as rugged.

The strategy involved in this campaign will require the team to be in top physical condition in order to make it to the summit and down again before the late afternoon, when unexpected and dangerous storms can roll in. We will pack for three seasons, ensuring we have enough cold weather gear just in case the weather turns. In September it is not uncommon for climbers to begin the journey with 80 °F temperatures at the bottom and experience snow and freezing temperatures at the top.

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