The 10th Annual Washburn Challenge: Success!

Triple Climbers  Single Climbers  Double Climbers

On behalf of the Museum of Science, thank you for your support of the 10th Annual Washburn Challenge! Fundraising from this year's event supports the Annual Fund, which helps ensure that the Museum fulfills its mission: to play a leading role in transforming the nation's relationship with science and technology.

On Sunday, July 10, 18 hikers set off on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail. Longtime supporter and friend of the Museum and Washburn Challenge Event Founder Mike Thonis, along with guide Colin Greenlaw, departed at 4:30 a.m. Despite the cold and rainy day (or perhaps because of it!), a mere 14 hours and 30 minutes later, they officially fulfilled their goal of ascending and descending Mount Washington three times in a single day!

Our six double climbers (ascending and descending twice in one day) set out at 5:30 a.m. and successfully completed their challenge in under 12 hours! Our remaining 10 hikers, accompained by three AMC guides, completed a day-long single hike, visiting Lakes of the Clouds before summiting, and then returning to base camp down the Jewell Trail.

The 18 hikers were supported by 18 volunteers: HAM radio operators, hike leaders, and the operations team. Half our our logistical support was on the mountain and the rest supported the team from the trailhead and our base of operations.

It's not too late to make a gift! The resources garnered from this event 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.

 Save the date for the 11th Annual Washburn Challenge: Sunday, July 9, 2017

Please call 617-589-4475 for more information.

The Museum of Science gratefully acknowledges our Silver level sponsor:

US Trust


The Museum of Science gratefully acknowledges our In-Kind sponsors:

Bagels Plus

Big Dave's Bagels & Deli



Mt. Washington Auto Road

Party Center

Trader Joe's - Newington, NH

Tuckerman Brewing Co.

The Vineyard


Whole Foods

Wildcat Mountain


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

Carlson's Lodge