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2014 Washburn Challenge

Remembered for his various achievements - as mountaineer, photographer, and visionary founding director of the Museum of Science - Bradford Washburn also created a map of Mount Washington that is still used by climbers today.

To honor Washburn and raise much-needed funds for the Museum's Annual Fund, on Sunday, July 13, 2014, a team representing the Museum of Science will test their abilities by participating in the eighth annual Washburn Challenge.

The Washburn Challenge consists of 2 treks: a single climb of Mount Washington or a “triathlon” of climbing, engineering, and running.

Our single climbers will complete one ascent and one descent of the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail. This hike will take approximately 8 hours.

Our challengers will first complete a double climb, hiking up Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to the summit of Mount Washington, down Tuckerman Ravine to the Hermit Lake Shelter, then back to the summit. Next, challengers will complete an engineering problem and take scientific readings outside of the Mount Washington Observatory. Finally, challengers will complete a six mile run to the finish line at Route 302. This test of endurance will take approximately 12 hours.

Before the event, hikers will enjoy the comforts of Carlson's Lodge, the official accomodations of the Washburn Challenge.

This year, we’re hoping to raise $100,000 in support of the Annual Fund at the Museum of Science which supports science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. These funds will support every facet of the Museum's daily operations. From regular maintenance and upkeep of our exhibit, to the development of cutting edge programs that address current scientific topics and globally important issues, every dollar raised goes directly towards providing a uniquely educational experience to all who pass through our doors.

Support the team or an individual hiker with a donation today!

Washburn Challenge 2014

2014 Museum of Science Washburn Challenge Participants


The Museum of Science gratefully acknowledges:

Silver Partner

US Trust


Bronze Partner

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In-Kind Partners

  • Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park
  • Mt. Washington Auto Road
  • REI
  • Wegmans