Mt. Washington 2020

Join Quest on their most thrilling adventure of the year.  An ascent up Mt. Washington in New Hampshire ‘home of the world’s worst weather’.  Four day trip includes transportation to and from New Hampshire, motel rooms, and mountaineer training.  Most gear is included and no experience is necessary***.


  • BU Student -$265
  • Non BU Student – $365

When: January 17th – January 20th, 2020


Day 1: Drive to NH

Day 2: Skills Day

Day 3: Summit Attempt

Day 4:  Drive to Bloomsburg

Equipment List:


  • a wool or synthetic hat
  • snow boarding/ski goggles
  • Sun glasses
  • balaclava (face and neck mask)
  • Chapstick

Upper Body:

  • Synthetic T-shirt
  • long sleeve synthetic base layer (polypro, underarmor)
  • fleece
  • insulating layer(synthetic or down puffy)
  • Water/wind proof shell (goretex)
  • liner gloves
  • insulated gloves/mittens

Lower body

  • synthetic base layer
  • fleece pants
  • insulated snow pants shell (water/wind proof)
  • liner sock (optional)
  • insulated synthetic or wool socks(2 pair)
  • mountaineering boots/crampons (refer to “other equipment”)


  • sleeping clothes
  • socks, underwear, ect.
  • cotton clothes are fine
  • money for food appx. $50 (you know how much you like to eat)

Other Equipment

Mountaineering boots/crampons- These boots are not simply hiking boots. They must be insulated and be step in crampon compatible. The shank (the sole) of these boots are very stiff and doesn’t move at all, this aids in the use of the crampons. Example Scarpa Inverno

Water containers- Nalgenes or thermos. Ideally two liter capacity and two different containers. Also temperatures will more than likely be very cold so a way to insulate or prevent you water from freezing should be used. Examples include wool socks over nalgenes or insulated covers.

climbing food- energizing snacks like carbs and sugars(cliff bars, trail mix, chocolate, jerky, ect). These will be for our two days in the field so it should be 3 meals worth.

mountaineering/ ice climbing axes- provided by quest

daypack- A pack that is big enough to hold additional layers, food, and water. Also it makes life easier if you have straps to tie your crampons and axe to the outside of your pack. The crampons have spikes and will cut fabrics.

headlamps/flashlights- The beginning part of our journey to the top of Mt Washington will be in the dark. Headlamps are recommended so increased freedom of your hands for better navigation. Flashlights will cause your hands to be colder. headlamps are available at walmart for around $15.

handwarmers- optional but if you get cold easy its a good idea.

How to sign-up: Ideally, you should register weeks in advance, if possible.  In order for us to get prepared to get gear and equipment packed and ready, registration typically closes on the Wednesday before activities occurring on a weekend, and a few days before activities occurring on a weekday, but if spots are still available there is a possibility that you may still be able to register.  Our office is not open on weekends or evenings.  Always call first to see if there is available space before coming to the office or sending in payment.  Spots cannot be reserved by calling or emailing.  Registration is not complete until payment is received. A down payment of a non-refundable $130, due before November 17th,  is required to register.   

Methods of payment: 1) cash in person   2) check payable to “Bloomsburg University” in person at the Quest Office or via U.S. mail (with a note listing your name, email address and phone number and the date and activity your registering for)

If you need additional help or have any questions, call the Quest Office or email at

Forms We Need From You

*  A completed Quest AOR/Medical Form prior to participation in Quest activities.

*  Signed Parental Consent for participants who are minors (under 18 years of age).

***No Experience is Required.  However, for safety reasons, there will be a turnaround point for participants if a certain time frame is not met on the mountain.

Please train for Mt. Washington.  There are local trails that you can use to train.  For more information, please contact the Quest Office.


Quest instructors are professional outdoor leaders, students, interns, and members of the community.  They are trained in specific outdoor pursuits, leadership, and first aid.  All are involved in on-going outdoor leadership training with Quest.


For safety reasons, participants are required to abstain from alcohol and non-prescription drugs while participating in Quest Activities.  Please respect the rights and health of others with regard to smoking.  Participants will be held responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged equipment belonging to Quest.


Safety is a primary concern during any Quest course.  A safety briefing precedes each activity, where risks and protection against these risks are explained.  Participants are expected to abide by all safety rules and procedures defined by Quest staff.

Refund Policy: All Extended Trips have a non-refundable deposit to reserve your place on the trip. If for any reason Quest cancels the trip, this will be fully refunded.

If you notify the Quest office of your cancellation after the full payment has been received you will be refunded as follows:

If cancellation notice is received five weeks prior to the trip departure date, you will receive 75% of the balance due after the deposit.

If cancellation notice is received four weeks prior to the trip departure date, you will receive 50% of the balance due after the deposit.

For cancellations received less than four weeks prior to the trip, there can be no refund.