Bradford Washburn, founding director of the Museum of Science, was also a mountaineer, photographer, and cartographer. He created a map of Mount Washington that is still used by climbers today.
To honor Washburn and raise criticial funds for the Museum's Annual Fund, a team representing the Museum of Science will test their abilities by participating in the ninth annual Washburn Challenge on Sunday, July 12, 2015.
The Washburn Challenge consists of two 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 eight hours.
Our challengers will first hike up Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to the summit of Mount Washington, down Tuckerman Ravine to the Hermit Lake Shelter, then return to the summit. Next, challengers will complete an engineering problem and take scientific readings outside of the Mount Washington Observatory, before descending down Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to the trailhead. Finally, challengers will complete a five mile run to the finish line. This test of endurance will take approximately 12 hours.
This year, our goal is to raise $80,000 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.
The Museum of Science offers special thanks to Carlson's Lodge, the official accomodations of the Washburn Challenge.