Single Climbers

Welcome to the 2018 Washburn Challenge: Sunday, July 8, 2018

On Sunday, July 8, the Museum of Science will host the 12th annual Washburn Challenge event. This year's event promises to be bigger and better than any other in event history!

Hiking Mount Washington may sound daunting. But the Washburn Challenge is able offer something for everyone, no matter your skill level. What makes this event so special, and what keeps hikers coming back year after year, is that it is accessible and it is FUN. It is an exciting, educational, bonding weekend during which you will make friends for life.

Washburn Challenge participants raise funds for the Museum of Science's Annual Giving program. The Annual Fund supports every aspect of the Museum - from regular maintenance and day-to-day operations to feeding our friends in the Live Animal Care Center; to allowing our educators to create new interactive exhibits and develop live presentations. Every dollar generously raised for the Annual Fund goes directly into furthering STEM education and delivering an amazing experience to visitors of all ages.

Your gift to the Annual Fund goes to work immediate and is essential to the Museum's efforts to inspire the dreamers, thinkers, and adventurers of tomorrow.

2018 Washburn Challenge Celebrity Guides!

This year we are honored to welcome four true mountaineers to the Washburn Challenge. Each will be participating in the weekend activities, giving you the chance to get up close and personal with these Everest experts:

Professor Peter Hansen: Peter H. Hansen is a professor of history and director of international and global studies at WPI, and author of The Summits of Modern Man: Mountaineering after the Enlightenment, which investigates the intertwined histories of mountaineering and modernity over the last 300 years. Hansen has also published on colonialism, cross-cultural encounters, documentary films, and WPI's project program. He is currently writing a book exploring the commercialization of Mount Everest.

Lhakpa Sherpa: Lhakpa Sherpa is an eight-time Everest summiteer, mountaineer, and mother of three. Growing up in Makalu, Nepal, she had no access to electricity, schools, or doctors, but was always surrounded by beautiful mountains. Her grandfather taught her that climbing mountains isn't just about going up - it's about coming down safely so that climbers can share stories of their expeditions. Lhakpa went on to summit Mount Everest more than any other woman in the world. When asked why she makes the climb again and again, she replies that it's because she was born with the mountains in her eyes.

Dr. Heather Macdonald: Dr. Heather Macdonald is an assistant professor of psychology at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her areas of research include cross-cultural psychology and psychbiography. She was also a professional high-altitude mountain guide for 13 years and participated in seven Himalayan expeditions, two of which were on Mount Everest. Dr. Macdonald is currently doing research on American women who worked as mountain guides on expeditions between 1960 and 1990.

Thom Pollard: Emmy Award-winning mountaineer and documentary filmmaker Thom Pollard is owner and creative director of Eyes Open Productions in Jackson, New Hampshire; and vice president of production at Great Northern Networks, LLC, a digital signage company. On his first Everest expedition with Nova and BBC in 1999, Pollard filmed the discovery of the preserved body of pioneering climber George Mallory at nearly 27,000 feet. Among many other film credits, he served as director of Thin Air: The 1991 New England Everest Expedition, and has filmed multiple specials with Brad Washburn, founding director of the Museum of Science.

2018 Washburn Challenge: The Basics

Whether this is your first time climbing Mount Washington or your fiftieth, you can join our Double Climb or Single Hike group and have the experience of a lifetime, all while benefitting the Museum of Science, an organization so important to us and our Greater Boston community.

Double Climb  

Two ascents and descents of Mount Washinton in one day. This is a guided trek that takes approximate 12 hours.

Trails: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail and Tuckerman Ravine Trail*

Registration Fee: $200

Fundraising Minimum: $4,000

Lodging: The Museum will provide two nights lodging at either Carlson's Lodge, the official lodging of the Washburn Challenge, or at the AMC Highland Center for our Double Climb participants only.

Events/Activities: On Saturday afternoon, Carlson's Lodge will host a welcome beer and wine reception for all participants. On Saturday night the Museum will host a welcome dinner in the Washburn Room of the AMC Highland Center for all participants. On Sunday, following the Challenge, the Museum will host a celebratory dinner at the Mount Washington Hotel. All meals are complimentary for Challenge participants and a guest; additional tickets may be purchased.

*Returning participants who have successfully completed the Double Climb three or more times may wish to select alternate trails to complete the Challenge. These arrangements must be made in advance of the Challenge and in partnership with Museum of Science Washburn Challenge staff. Please call 617-589-0204 for more information.

Single Hike  

One ascent and descent of Mount Washinton in one day. This is a guided hike that takes approximate 8 hours.

Trail: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail

Registration Fee: $100

Fundraising Minimum: $1,000

Lodging: Lodging is not provided for Single Hikers. A limited number of rooms will be held at area lodging and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Single Hikers are encouraged to make their lodging reservations early, as locations fill up quickly in the summer months. Additional options are available in North Conway, approximately 40 minutes from Mount Washington. Museum staff is available to help with recommendations.

Events/Activities: On Saturday afternoon, Carlson's Lodge will host a welcome beer and wine reception for all participants. On Saturday night the Museum will host a welcome dinner in the Washburn Room of the AMC Highland Center for all participants. On Sunday, following the Challenge, the Museum will host a celebratory dinner at the Mount Washington Hotel. All meals are complimentary for Challenge participants and a guest; additional tickets may be purchased.

 

For more information about the event please check the FAQ page, or contact challenge@mos.org or 617-589-0204.

 


 

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

Carlson's Lodge

·      whether this would be your first time climbing Mount Washington, or your fiftieth, you may join our “single” or “double” climb groups and have the experience of a lifetime, benefitting an organization so important to us and our Greater Boston community.