"Bradford Washburn is one of the very few people who have combined spectacular experience in the wilderness with equally spectacular achievements in the world of civilization. One never knows what next to expect from this roving genius of mind and mountains." - Ansel Adams


The 10th Annual Washburn Challenge

2015 washburn challengers

On Sunday, July 10, 2016, a group of hikers from across New England will carry on the legacy of Bradford Washburn, expert mountaineer, cartographer, and founding director of the Museum of Science, by participating in the 10th Annual Washburn Challenge: a fundraising hike up Mount Washington in support of the Museum's Annual Fund. 

In honor of the 10th anniversary, this year's Challenge will be as easy as 1, 2, 3! Climbers may choose a single or double climb of Mount Washington, summitting once or twice in a single day. Participants will then be on hand to bear witness to founder and veteran climber, Museum Trustee Michael Thonis attempting to summit three times in a day!

This year, we hope to raise $240,000, which would bring our 10-year fundraising total to $1 million. The funds we raise will support every facet of the Museum's daily operations. From regular maintenance and upkeep of our exhibits, to the development of cutting edge programs that address current scientific topics and globally important issues, every dollar raised goes directly toward providing a uniquely educational experience to all who pass through our doors.

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The Museum of Science gratefully acknowledges our Silver level sponsor:

US Trust


The Museum of Science offers special thanks to Carlson's Lodge, the official accommodations of the Washburn Challenge.