Registration Deadline for Single or Double Climb : April 1
Registration Deadline for Virtual Climb: May 1
Drop without Penalty Deadline: May 1
Pre-Climb Briefing Meeting for Single & Double Climbers: June 17
Fundraising Deadline: July 31
Registration / Fees
How do I register?
Please complete our online registration form along with submitting the appropriate registration fee. Once all materials have been submitted hikers will be set up with a personalized fundraising page where friends and family will be able to donate online, and you will be able to track your fundraising progress.
What are the requirements to join the Washburn Challenge?
All participants must: be prepared to adequately train for all types of terrain and weather conditions; be at least 18 years old at the time of the Challenge, and; complete all the necessary registration steps.
For the Single Climb, you must commit to a fundraising minimum of $1,500 and be able to complete a guided ascent and descent of Mount Washington within 8-9 hours in relative comfort.
For the Double Climb, you must commit to a fundraising minimum of $4,500 and be able to complete two guided ascents and descents of Mount Washington, taking approximately 12 hours.
For the Virtual Climb, you must commit to a fundraising minimum of $500 and be able to complete a hike of your choosing between June 26-28.
You are also responsible for a registration fee, charged after filling out your registration and completing necessary commitment documents in order to secure your spot.
Participants agree to abide by the decision of the Museum's representatives in all matters, including the decision to end the climb early for any reason. We also require all Single and Double Climb participants to attend a pre-climb briefing to be held at the Museum on Wednesday, June 17.
What is the Virtual Climb option?
If you can’t join us on Mount Washington, pledge to climb a peak near you as a Virtual Climber. This option makes it possible for families, groups, or individuals to experience a hike together on their own, on a peak of their choosing joining us in spirit while also raising critical funds for STEM education at the Museum.
Virtual Climbers are encouraged to complete their climbs between June 26-28 and there is a fundraising minimum of $500 per adult participant.
I can't decide between the Single and the Double Climb - can I sign up for one but attempt the other?
Unfortunately, no. Because this is a group hike, all participants must commit to either the Single or Double Climb (and corresponding fundraising minimums) in advance of the April 1 deadline. If you are concerned about attempting the Double, remember that we have ways of getting your down from the mountain (Cog Railway, Auto Road) if you are unable to complete the challenge.
Is my registration refundable? What happens if I get injured or must drop out prior to the climb?
If you become injured or must drop out of the climb before May 1, you are under no obligation to continue raising money for the Museum of Science. However, the registration fee and any donations raised up to that point are non-refundable. If you drop out after May 1, you will be held responsible for raising the full fundraising minimum.
Is there a rain date?
No. The 2020 Washburn Challenge will take place on Sunday, June 28 unless the Museum representative decide the weather conditions are too dangerous for the climb to take place, in which case the climb will be cancelled, not postponed. If you have registered for the Virtual Climb, you may hike anytime between June 26-28, at your own discretion.
My family/friends/co-workers want to join me on the hike, but they don't want to register. Can they come along?
The Washburn Challenge is a fully guided fundraising hike. The registration fees we require help to cover the cost of our expertly trained guides from the Appalachian Mountain Club. These guides work at a strict guide to hiker ratio and the final group size must be determined and approved by the AMC weeks in advance of the event. Because of this, we require that any adult taking part in the formal group hike (Single Hike or Double Climb) register as a participant and raise the fundraising minimum. Exceptions to this rule are rarely made and will only be honored with the prior consent of the Museum of Science Washburn Challenge staff; please call 617-589-4240 to discuss. Another option is for them to register for the Virtual Hike.
Fundraising / Training
Can I raise more than the minimum?
Of course! All donations are gratefully received and put to good use supporting the Museum's many endeavors. We encourage team members to set a substantial fundraising goal above and beyond the $1,500 Single Climb, $4,500 Double Climb, or $500 Virtual Climb minimums.
What happens if I can't raise the minimum?
If you haven't met the fundraising minimum by July 31, your credit card will be charged for the remaining balance (unless other arrangements have been made). We require a credit card to be put on hold for this purpose. However, we are hopeful that we will not face this situation and we remain available as resource to help you reach your goal.
Is there a suggested training schedule I should follow to prepare for my climb?
Training is personal and depends on your own level of fitness. However, we do have a suggested training guide and offer optional training sessions on Saturday mornings at the Harvard Stadium. All participants are encouraged to plan their training accordingly.
Accommodations / Transportation / Meals
Are accommodations provided?
Accommodations are provided for Double Climbers only. Double Climbers will receive lodging at either Carlson's Lodge or the AMC Highland Center for the night before and the night of the Washburn Challenge (Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28).
The Museum does not provide lodging for those participating in the Single Hike or Virtual Hike. We are available to make recommendations for accommodations in the area. Single Hikers or Virtual Hikers may also wish to explore options in the North Conway area, approximately a 40-minute drive from Mount Washington.
Is transportation available?
All participants must provide their own transportation throughout the course of the weekend.
Parking permits will be provided at the Ammonoosuc Ravine trailhead for all Single and Double Hikers.
Will meals be provided?
A Complementary Pre-Climb Dinner at the AMC Highland Center on Saturday June 27 and Post-Climb Celebration Dinner at Omni Mount Washington Hotel on Sunday June 28 will be provided for all hikers and volunteers. Tickets for guests or virtual hikers are available for purchase.
For those staying at Carlson's Lodge, breakfast will be provided Sunday, June 28 and Monday, June 29. For participants staying at the AMC Highland Center, a buffet breakfast is provided, beginning at 6:30. Limited breakfast items will be available at the trailhead on Sunday June 28 for hikers staying elsewhere. Please plan accordingly if you are staying somewhere other than Carlson's Lodge or the AMC Highland Center.