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Howie Wemyss to be Honored as Grand Marshal of 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb

Lincoln, NH – Officials with the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire, organizers of the 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb planned for July 6-9, 2017 at the Mt. Washington Auto Road in Gorham, NH, are proud to announce that Howie Wemyss, General Manager of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, has accepted an invitation to serve as the Grand Marshal of this year’s Climb to the Clouds.

Wemyss has served as General Manager of the oldest man-made attraction in the United States since 1987 and was instrumental in bringing the Mt. Washington Hillclimb back in 1990 after a 29 year hiatus. Having first been run in 1904, the Climb to the Clouds as it’s often referred, is the oldest automotive hillclimb in North America.

Joining the Mt. Washington Auto Road in 1977, Howie Wemyss started his career as a Stage Driver giving guided tours to the summit of Mt. Washington for a number of years before being asked to assume the General Manager’s position in 1987.  Always fascinated with the history of the Auto Road, Wemyss stated recently “I was particularly impressed with Bill Rutan’s 13 minute, 9 second record run from 1961, a record I would talk about on every tour I gave as a Stage Driver. He was a legendary figure in our minds. Shortly after becoming General Manager I was approached by Frank Jost, who at the time was working at the new car museum in Intervale, NH, about putting together an antique car race.  I started getting excited about the possibility of racing here again after all those years – even if it was a vintage race.  We hadn’t gotten all that far in planning when Robert Brotherus appeared in my office one day, wanting to talk with me about a full blown race. He had somehow gotten legendary rally driver John Buffum’s ear and expertise and was able to present a pretty compelling story to a very willing audience. After much internal discussion, in 1990 we brought back this amazing race.”

mt washington hillclimb.pngSince the 1990 Climb to the Clouds, which attracted twenty or so drivers to Pinkham Notch to test their skills against the mountain after a 29 year hiatus, the event has grown exponentially thanks to Wemyss’ guidance and vision, along with the constant support of the owners of the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

Throughout the 1990s, the hillclimb continued to grow, attracting as many as 60 top notch road race, rally and hillclimb drivers from across the United States and Canada for each event as well as a growing crowd of spectators.  New records were set along the 7.6 mile course – first by local rally driver Tim O’Neil from Whitefield, NH in 1990 when he set a fastest time of 7 minutes 45 seconds piloting a rare all-wheel-drive Volkswagen Rally Golf. Record times continued in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1995 – with multi-time Canadian rally champion Frank Sprongl recording a time of 6 minutes, 41.99 seconds in 1998 driving a 400 horsepower Audi Quattro S2 – a record that would stand for thirteen years.

In 2004, in recognition of the centennial of the first hillclimb on Mt. Washington in 1904, the race was resurrected as a vintage only event that gathered over 25 vehicles with past Mt. Washington hillclimbing and auto racing history.

In 2011, the Climb to the Clouds was seen as one of the key events needed in a summer long celebration in support of the Mt. Washington Auto Road’s 150th anniversary.  With organizational assistance from the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire and Vermont SportsCar, the Mt. Washington Hillclimb roared back to life after ten years attracting nearly 75 cars and drivers from across the United States, Canada and Europe.  This time, multi-time Rally America National Champion David Higgins from the Isle of Man set a new record time of 6 minutes 11.04 seconds driving a Vermont SportsCar-prepared 2011 Subaru WRX STI for Subaru Rally Team USA.

With the excitement for the race now rekindled, Wemyss met with members of the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire to discuss the possibility of bringing the Nation’s oldest hillclimb back to Mt. Washington every three years or so.  In 2014, with 80 teams making their way to Pinkham Notch from across North America and the United Kingdom, yet another record was set on the Northeast’s tallest peak – a blistering fast time of 6 minutes, 9.09 seconds set again by Subaru Rally Team USA’s driver, David Higgins, along with his talented co-driver, Craig Drew, driving their 2014 Subaru WRX STI.

mt-washington-hillclimb2.jpgIn 2017, Wemyss and his talented team at the Mt. Washington Auto Road will once again work with the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire to welcome back 80 teams to Green’s Grant in Pinkham Notch, just 8 miles south of Gorham, NH, when the Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb returns to the Auto Road July 7-9, 2017.  With 18 or more states represented as well as the countries of Romania, Finland, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and Australia, as well as the United States of America, the event will be the most international automotive hillclimb the Mt. Washington Auto Road has ever held.

“The history of this event is wonderful”, stated Wemyss. “It’s a unique race that appeals to a niche of people who want to challenge themselves on this road, and we’re happy to have people be able to take on that challenge. But aside from that we can’t do this without it making sense from a business prospective – so we hope to do well financially and/or get great publicity that will help make sense of the fact that we close the Road to the public for two half days and one full day in July.” When asked what his hopes were for the 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb, Wemyss replied, “A safe event, great weather, happy sponsors, organizers and fans – and a sub six minute run!”

Set for July 7-9, 2017, the Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb will serve as a 3-day motorsports festival filled with a variety of motorsports-oriented activities for all ages including a vendor area, historic car displays and a possible autograph session topped off by the return of the Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb along the 7.6 mile Mt. Washington Auto Road on Sunday, July 9, 2017.

For more information regarding the 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb, including the events history and list of record times or how to purchase spectator tickets to view the race from the base area or along the course visit http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com/climb-to-the-clouds.


COLD DAY . . . WARM HEARTS: Inaugural Great Glen Winter Charity Day Makes An Impact

Provided by Crispin Battles, Marketing Director of Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center

Pinkham Notch, NH — The Mt. Washington Auto Road, and its sister company Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, are proud to report that the inaugural Great Glen Winter Charity Day, held in frigid temperatures on March 11, was a success on many levels. The event brought together new friends and old, while raising over $2,500 for both local and national charities. Most importantly, however, the event inspired a sense of philanthropy among community members and customers alike, which will pay dividends well into the future. The company’s management and staff are firm believers in the words of noted philanthropist Eli Broad who once stated: “Charity is just writing checks and not being engaged. Philanthropy is being engaged, not only with your resources but getting people and yourself really involved and doing things that haven’t been done before.”

While the Great Glen Winter Charity Day held the moniker “inaugural” it was actually an evolution of an event that has been near and dear to the company since 2008. Originally held as a ski-a-thon fundraiser specifically for the ALS Association in recognition of Carl Johnson, an active community member who battled the disease, this year the event was expanded to include all charities so that participants could choose the cause that speaks to them. In total, 17 organizations received donations, including:

* Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation

* Conway Area Humane Society

* Tin Mountain Conservation Center

* White Mountain Swiftwater Rescue Team

* Kennett High School Project Graduation

* Family Resource Center of Gorham

* Jackson Biathlon

* MSPCA – Methuen

* Donna’s Dreamers

* ALS Association, Northern New England Chapter

* Casting For Recovery

* American Cancer Society

* Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

* Alzheimer’s Association

* American Lung Association, New Hampshire

* St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital

* Southern Poverty Law Center

Participants who donated $25 or more received a trail pass to ski, snowshoe, and fatbike at Great Glen Trails, as well as a catered lunch from the Glen View Café. Those who donated $50 or more were given a voucher to take a ride on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach to treeline on the Mt. Washington Auto Road — unfortunately, conditions were too cold for the SnowCoaches to run during the event. Our close-knit community, together with customers from other New England states, enjoyed the afternoon in the warmth of our lodge playing board games and relishing in the camaraderie of friends.

Plans are already underway to make the “second annual” Great Glen Winter Charity Day a landmark event for the 2018 winter season, and an ongoing part of the philanthropic activities hosted by the Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. The company’s events have a long history of raising funds for local charities and non-profit organizations, foremost among them being the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb which has raised over $1,000,000 for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, and the Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race which has raised over $80,000 for Coos County Family Health Services.


The family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company was formed in 1859, and completed the road to the summit of Mount Washington in 1861. The Mt. Washington Carriage Road, now called the Mt. Washington Auto Road, has the long-held distinction of being America’s oldest man-made attraction. Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, opened in 1994, is one of New Hampshire’s premier Nordic ski areas, with 45 kilometers of trails for skiing, snowshoeing and fatbiking. During the summer months, the Outdoor Center focuses on human-powered outdoor activities including kayaking, biking, hiking and trail running. Both companies consider themselves stewards of Mt. Washington and the natural areas surrounding it, and feel strongly about supporting their local communities.

The Mount Washington Summit Road Company Announces The Return Of The Glen House Hotel

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-Half a century since the last Glen House stood on this site, the family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company (MWSRC) which has owned and operated the Mt. Washington Auto Road since 1906, intends to have the fifth iteration of the hotel open by May 2018.

The 68-room hotel will be built on the west side of Route 16 in Green’s Grant on a site owned by the MWSRC and will feature a pool, meeting room and restaurant. Half of the rooms will have balconies facing the Northern Presidential mountains and the Carter Moriah range. Aesthetically, the hotel will be built in classic New England vernacular, with clapboards, painted trim and signature chimneys, similar to the previous four Glen Houses that have stood on this site since 1852. The design of the guestrooms is reflective of the simplicity of Shaker design while the public spaces embrace both the history of the Mt. Washington Auto Road and local Native American roots.

In line with the environmental stewardship of the MWSRC, the Glen House will be highly energy efficient and close to carbon neutral. The company has proven to be a leader in applying innovative, green-energy practices to all aspects of its business, and the new Glen House will be no exception. A state-of-the-art geothermal system will provide heating and cooling for the hotel, and two offsite energy-generating projects will harness hydro and solar power.

The three-story hotel will serve guests visiting the Auto Road and taking advantage of the winter and summer offerings of Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, which offers hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and many outdoor programs in summer. Winter activities include cross-country skiing on 45 kilometers of classic and skate-groomed trails, snowshoeing, snow tubing and winter tours to treeline on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach.

Partnering with the MWSRC on this historic project is Martini Northern, a construction management company based in Portsmouth, BMA Architects from Amherst, NH and Stibler Associates, an interior design firm from Bedford, NH.

Scheduled to break ground in the spring of 2017, the Glen House is anticipating an open date prior to Memorial Day 2018.

Written by Crispin Battles
Marketing Director at Mt. Washington Auto Road

Mt. Washington Auto Road Adds a New 3-Hour Guided Adventure Tour

The Mt. Washington Auto Road has expanded guided tour options with a 3-hour version offering guests additional ways to explore Mount Washington. The Auto Road will now offer 2- and 3-hour versions of their guided tours allowing guests to spend more time exploring scenic areas along the Road as well the option to spend more time on the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast.

The newly-added, 3-hour guided tours are meant to provide guests the opportunity to explore the Auto Road anywhere from the base at Great Glen Trails to the summit of Mount Washington. Where current 2-hour tours are spent mostly on the summit, the 3-hour tour provides opportunities to stop and explore more of the opportunities along the Road itself – or to spend additional time on the summit.

“There’s so much to see and do along the way to the summit”, explains Dan Houde, Marketing Director at the Auto Road and Great Glen Trails. “Everyone knows that the summit is exciting no matter what the weather may be, but there are countless opportunities for adventure along the way. Guests who choose to drive their own vehicles can spend the entire day exploring the pull-offs, short hikes, alpine flowers and vistas, but with one of our knowledgeable guides leading the way, you can learn so much more and discover some of the hidden gems along the Auto Road.”

The 3-hour extended guided tours are available most days (weather permitting) throughout the regular season at 9 a.m and 1 p.m with at least 24 hours of advance reservation. Two adults or children are $60 per person, while groups of 3 to 4 persons are $55 per person and 5 or more are just $50 per person. The best way to book an extended 3-hour tour is to call the Auto Road staff at (603) 466-3988.

Regular 2-hour tours are available without reservation from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day (weather permitting) and run on a first-come, first-served basis. Departures are usually within 30 minutes of purchasing your tickets. Pricing is $35 for adults, $30 for seniors (62+) and children ages 5-12 are just $15. Children ages 4 and under are free. Regular 2-hour tours can also be reserved online 24 hours in advance for the 9:00 a.m. tour for $5 off per person.

Guided tours of the paddling variety are also available at Great Glen Trails located at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Guests can enjoy a guided kayak trip along scenic lakes and rivers of northern NH away from the crowds with brilliant mountain views and opportunities for wildlife viewing.

First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is America’s original and oldest man-made attraction. At nearly 8 miles long, it stretches to the summit of Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet, the highest peak in the Northeast.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road is now open daily from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., weather permitting. For the latest updates on Road conditions and the operating schedule, visit Mt. Washington Auto Road or call (603) 446-3988.


The largest field of competitors to ever compete assembled to

celebrate the 110th year anniversary event

Nestled in the shadows of the Northern Presidential peaks in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, the Mt. Washington Auto Road celebrated the 110th anniversary of North America’s oldest Hillclimb event June 27-29, 2014 – the Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb, Climb to the Clouds.

Organized and promoted through a unique partnership between the Mt. Washington Auto Road and the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire, the largest field of competitors – nearly 80 competitors in eight different classes – assembled for 3 days of competition to see who would claim the coveted “King of the Hill” honors and possibly, set a new course record on the northeast’s tallest peak – 6,288 foot Mt. Washington.

The stage was set, the course was prepared to exacting standards, and the largest number of spectators to ever attend the Climb to the Clouds was on hand to witness one of the best competitions ever held on Mt. Washington.

In the end though, only one team – the 5-time Rally America Champions and current Mt. Washington Hillclimb record holders, David Higgins along with his co-driver, Craig Drew, from Subaru Rally Team USA posted a new record with a time of 6 minutes 9.09 seconds.

Higgins was driving a Subaru rally car that weighed 500 pounds more and had one hundred horsepower less than the rally car he drove to a new record at Mt. Washington just three years earlier in 2011.

“It’s pretty awesome to break the record – and amazing, really,” said an exuberant Higgins, 41, in his Isle of Man accent when he and his rally co-driver Craig Drew celebrated at the awards ceremony Sunday afternoon. “I knew my record could be beat by someone if they drove in the same class car that I drove before, but given that the rally class was heavier and had less horsepower than the open class, I didn’t think it was possible for me. “

The first set of timed runs on the 7.4 mile tarmac and gravel course to the top of Mt. Washington proved beyond any doubt that the competition this year would be close at all levels – especially at the top. Higgins would break his existing course record, set in 2011, of 6 minutes 11.54 seconds, by just 3 tenths in his first full-course run to post a time of 6.11.24.

Just behind Higgins after the first run, was Adam Yeoman, a rally driver from Houghton, MI, driving a 2007 Subaru WRX STI posting a time of 7 minutes 2.64 seconds.  In third place with a time of 7 minutes 3.02 seconds was former Subaru Rally Team USA driver Ramana Lagemann from Cambridge, MA driving a beautifully-prepared 2013 Audi S4 sedan.

With the new record time already in the books, numerous drivers tried to beat Higgins’ time in the afternoon set of timed runs. Included in the mix were Higgins’ Subaru Rally Team USA teammate, Travis Pastrana, who logged a much better 2nd time of 6 minutes 12.29 seconds and Paul Tingaud in his Audi-powered “Super Chicken” who posted a time of 6 minutes 22.70 seconds – only to be bested again by Higgins with another record-setting time of 6 minutes 9.09 seconds on his final run.

Mt. Washington Auto Road General Manager Howie Wemyss was pleased with the weekend as well.  “Great weather and record spectator attendance along with some exciting action, new records and great press coverage made us very pleased,” said Wemyss Monday.  Mt. Washington, after all, is “Home to the World’s Worst Weather” – so, Wemyss noted, to have three days of clear weather was a real gift for the practice runs and the race.

The 2014 Climb to the Clouds is a Hillclimb event that included the Rally America National Championship as a stage rally event. Over 80 Hillclimb cars competed, with 15 of those cars entered to compete in round five of the Rally America National Championship, separate from the normal HillClimb operations.

NBC was also on-hand for filming and has scheduled the 2014 Climb to the Clouds to air in August 2014.

First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is America’s original man-made attraction. At nearly 8 miles long, it stretches to the summit of Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet, the highest peak in the Northeast. For the latest operating schedule, visit http://www.MtWashingtonAutoRoad.com or call 603.446.3988.

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David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew race to the summit for the first of their two

runs at Sunday’s Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb. Higgins would go on to break his old record of 6.11.54 with a new record of 6.09.09.



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Mt. Washington Auto Road Opens to Treeline for 153rd Season

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The Mt. Washington Auto Road  opened for its 153rd season on Saturday, May 10 at 8:30am for guests to drive their own vehicles to tree-line. The Auto Road will be open to 4.5 miles to a turnaround point above treeline at 4,200 feet, which affords stunning vistas of the surrounding peaks and offers a true taste of the Mt. Washington experience.

Despite near record snowfall and colder than average temperatures this winter and spring, the Road crew has moved swiftly from the base of the Road to the 6-mile point removing ice and snow drifts of over 20 feet in places. Because of these snow levels, operations to the summit are not yet possible. Updates as well as photos and video showing the intricate process of clearing the Auto Road are available at http://www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com.

As recently as fifty years ago, it was considered a success if the Mt. Washington Auto Road was open to the summit by Independence Day, but weather permitting, the Mt. Washington Auto Road hopes to open to the summit by Memorial Day weekend. Guided tours will also be offered at that time.

Early season pricing, in effect until Auto Road opens to the summit, is set at $28 for car and driver while passengers are free. Season passes are available for $150 per person and valid through the 2014 season during regular operating hours and allows access for the vehicle and all occupants.

First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is America’s oldest man-made attraction. At nearly 8 miles long, it stretches to the summit of Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet, the highest peak in the Northeast.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., weather permitting. For the latest updates on Road conditions and the operating schedule, visit http://www.MtWashingtonAutoRoad.com or call 603.446.3988.

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The Auto Road will be open to 4.5 miles to a turnaround point above treeline at 4,200 feet, which currently offers vistas of the snow-covered peaks and offers a true taste of the Mt. Washington experience.



Buckle Up: Journey through History of Mt. Washington Auto Road

Local author pens new book using collection of vintage images to share history

Arcadia Publishing and local author Steven Caming have teamed up to bring you Mt. Washington Auto Road, the newest addition to the popular Images of America series. The book is set to release on May 19, 2014 and boasts more than 200 vintage images of past journeys up the Mt. Washington Auto Road.


Reaching more than a mile in the sky and acting as the crown of the Presidential Range, Mount Washington and the Mt. Washington Auto Road have been luring and challenging adventure seekers on foot, on bicycles or in race cars for over 150 years. This new pictorial history shares the story of Mt. Washington Auto Road from its public opening in 1861, through its continued growth today. A collection of vintage images, many of which have never before been published, shed light on the nation’s first man-made attraction.


Author Steven Caming also highlights the area surrounding Mt. Washington Auto Road, which is located in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Readers can glimpse the evolution of transportation from mountain wagons drawn by six-horse teams to modern cars and gain a better understanding of the historical significance of the auto road. Mt. Washington Auto Road documents the history of this eight-mile path to the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak.


Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665.

Price: $21.99

128 pages/ softcover

Available: May 19, 2014

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.   Have we done a book on your town?   Visit http://www.arcadiapublishing.com.


About the Author of Mt. Washington Auto Road

Steven Caming has lived and worked in the Mt. Washington Valley for more than 25 years. During that time he has written countless articles, produced three historical documentaries on Mt. Washington subjects and participated in several lifetimes worth of events at the Mt. Washington Auto Road, where he has previously served as media and marketing director.

Caming has also written extensively in local and regional press and does specialty and business writing for various magazines and corporations. A historian at heart, much of his work has focused on the endlessly fascinating legends and history of Mt. Washington, (many of which he has personally reenacted in the process of producing his documentaries, all of which ran on PBS).

This is the first official history of the Mt. Washington Auto Road ever written and Caming was able to access the finest collections of photographs (many never before published) to help tell the story of the nation’s oldest manmade attraction. It is a story this author has been studying, sharing and living for most of his professional life.


Mt. Washington Auto Road Alt Energy Summit

Mt. Washington Auto Road Alt Energy Summit” on September 14-15, 2013

 Builds Momentum With Full Slate of Both Mainstream and Newly Developed Alternative Energy Based Vehicles and Technologies On Hand For Demonstrations and Drive Up Northeast’s Highest Peak PINKHAM NOTCH, NH- What began as a spark is now fully charged up as the “Mt. Washington Auto Road Alt Energy Summit” on September 14-15, 2013 has generated a great deal of support within the ever broadening alternative energy sector. Major manufacturers, electric vehicle associations, industry suppliers and individual “makers” and inventors will all be on hand, as the Auto Road continues as a proving and playground for new and evolving technologies.

Among those manufacturers, builders and organizations planning to attend are: Lovering Mitsubishi with the MiEV; Banks Chevrolet with the new VOLT, Corbin Sparrow (represented by famed inventor Mike Corbin); Zoombikes, Zero Bikes, the Dirigo Vehicle (a diesel which gets up to 99 mpg), the ELF electric bike; Tesla Motors; Torke Electric Vehicles and the MIT team with their Porsche and ebike. Organizations in attendance will include:  Solarfest (the renewable energy festival that takes place in Vermont each year), The Berlin Area Renewable Energy Initiative and this summit will also serve as the launch for the newly formed Boston Chapter of the Electric Automobile Association.

Also planning to attend is Prof. Charles MacArthur, who rode the first Corbin Electric motorcycle to the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak in 1974, as part of the original “Mt. Washington Alternative Energy Regatta”, which he helped organize. In those early days of Alt Energy, 17 converted cars and bikes showed up, including a steam powered trike and a sewage powered methane bus.

Another notable exhibitor will be Foxfire Energy of Vermont, which specializes in the engineering, sale, installation, and servicing of Renewable Energy systems, including photovoltaics, Solar/ Wood Heating, and Wind Power in both on and off-grid applications. Foxfire Energy staff are also extremely knowledgeable regarding available money saving stimulus and incentive funds for renewable energy systems.

Categories will include EV manufacturers, dealers, retailers, groups and associations, makers, inventors, developers, publications and related media, components/parts and services. Individuals and organizations with vehiclesincluding cars, trucks motorcycles and bicycles or unique one-of-a-kind creations are also invited. An Energy Expo Exhibit area is planned, which will include vehicle manufacturers, related alternative energy businesses and historic vehicles which have ascended Mt. Washington by other than gas powered engines. Exhibits and information regarding other sustainable energy sources will also be featured, including hydro-electric, wind power, solar power and geo-thermal.

“This event has been met with great enthusiasm at all levels of the Alt energy world,” Noted Event Director Ted Dillard. “This event will recognize how far the industry has come, from individual inventors and makers to mass produced electric vehicles by the world’s major carmakers. As I’ve said before, this will be a landmark event in New Hampshire!” he added.

What to Expect:

  • Vendors, Dealers, and Manufacturers of Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, Plug-In Electric and Alternative Fuel     vehicles showing some of the most remarkable vehicles available today – complete with test rides.
  • Information “roundtable” discussion sessions for homeowners, backyard inventors, public administrators, fleet managers and others on Renewable Energy solutions available today, and funding opportunities and resources.
  • Supplies, components, parts and systems for Renewable Energy systems for homes, businesses and vehicles.
  • Exhibits of unique, creative and innovative solutions for energy and transportation systems offered by inventors, students, “makers”, researchers and enthusiasts.
  • The Alt Energy Drive to the Summit – watch and cheer on our “Alt Energy contestants” as they make history on Mt. Washington.  Everything from home-built electric bikes, cars and motorcycles to the sleekest high-performance plug-in vehicles on the road today will be on hand.  Watch for some truly unusual solutions there as well, including some top-secret “unmanned transportation” research projects currently in development.  Awards and categories for the Summit will reward ingenuity, creativity and dedication.

Also on hand and in operation will be the first Alt energy vehicle to ever ascend the Mt. Washington Auto Road-the original, steam powered Stanley Locomobile that made the trip from Newton, Massachusetts to the summit of the mountain in 1899.

The Auto Road is also pleased to announce the recent installation of its first charging station, which can accommodate electric vehicles seeking a “charge for no charge” when in Pinkham Notch.

For more information about or to register for the “Mt. Washington Auto Road Alt Energy Summit” event at the Mt. Washington Auto Road call Event Director Ted Dillard (978) 621-5178 or online at www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com


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September Happenings at the Auto Road!

 What’s Happening at the Auto Road!
Open daily (weather permitting) 7:30am-6:00pm!

Hours change Tuesday, September 3rd.
We open at 8:00am and close at 5:30pm

September Happenings at the Mount Washington Auto Road

ALL Guided Tours are two hours in length and
include a one hour stay on the summit!

Adventure Photography Tours w/ Ernie MillsOffered every Friday!   

An exclusive series of Guided Photography Tours, led by renowned photographer Ernie Mills, is being offered on the slopes and summit of the Northeast’s highest Peak as well as other spectacular spots in Pinkham Notch. Tours are 3 hours in length and are being offered every Friday. Choose from either a Sunrise, Day time or Sunset tour or other days upon request.


Muster in the Mountains  

September 6-8thFather and son

This weekend long event is a colonial encampment of reenactors representing various individuals of the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, and Mountain Man periods from 1750 through 1840. Participants will demonstrate the use of appropriate tools, clothing, and firearms for their respective time periods. This event is free and open to the general public with the hope that the education they receive here may spur them on to consider becoming a future participant.


Alternate Energy Summit Weekend
Saturday & Sunday September 14 & 15 

The Mt. Washington Auto Road will be hosting a new “Alt  Energy Summit Weekend” event. An Energy Expo Exhibit area is planned, which will include vehicle manufacturers, related alternative energy businesses and historic vehicles which have ascended Mt. Washington by other than gas powered engines. Participants can register online here. 
Stay tuned with the Alt Energy Summit Facebook  

Salomon Fall Trail Running Series 

Thursdays for 6 weeks, September 5-October 13  3:30- 6:30pm 

A weekly trail running race series for all abilities and ages. Every Thursday for six weeks racers can run or walk the mini, short or long (3 mile) course between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Placement awards in each category. Competitors who complete 4 out of 6 weeks are eligible for the prize raffle at the end of series awards party. Online registration is open!

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Be sure to check our vehicle limitations and we suggest calling ahead for the most current operating status. (603) 466-3988.  

What’s Happening at the Auto Road!

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  We are now open to the summit (weather permitting) 8:30am-5:00pm!

New this summer!

ALL Guided Tours are two hours in length and
include a one hour stay on the summit.

Alton Weagle Day Saturday, May 25th

A celebration of all the firsts at the Mt. Washington Auto Road! Alton Weagle had a passion for Mt. Washington. He climbed the Mt. Washington Auto Road in a number of unique ways: by car, on foot, walking backwards, blindfolded and finally pushing a wheelbarrow full of sugar! We invite you to dream up a “first ascent” of some kind and run the idea by us – you just may get invited to celebrate with us! Contact Howie@Mt-Washington.Com if you’ve got an idea!

Bicknell’s Thrush Tours June 6, 8, 9, 11*, 17, 19 

Bicknell’s Thrush is an extremely rare species with very limited breeding grounds. It is the rarest and most secretive of the breeding thrushes in North America and it is the only bird whose breeding is restricted to the Northeastern part of the continent. The Mt Washington Auto Road offers birders a unique guided opportunity to view this rare bird in its breeding habitat. Tours leave at 6am and reservations are required by contacting Kim Hoyt, kim@mt-washington.com

*June 11 is the extended Birds and Flowers tour

Motorcycle Week

Motorcycle Monday, June 10th and Ride to the Sky June, 13th.
The Auto Road is open to motorcycles and Guided Tours in our stages (vans) only – no cars or trucks on those two days. Arrive before 10:00am on Thursday and your motorcycle passenger rides for free!
Check out the http://www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com for more details!


June 10 & 13 . . . . . . . . . . . Motorcycles only; Closed to cars
June 15. . . . . Open 1:00 PM-6:00 PM for the annual footrace
June 23. . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . .Closed to cars for NH ATV Day

June 30. .  . . . . . . Open 3:30 AM-6:00 PM for a sunrise drive

Be sure to check our vehicle limitations and we suggest to call ahead for operating status. (603) 466-3988.


Make Your Own Record on the Mt. Washington Auto Road on Saturday, May 25th As Part of the 3 rd Annual Alton Weagle Unusual Ascent Day


The Mt. Washington Auto Road will be hosting the 3rd Annual Alton Weagle Unusual Ascent Day on Saturday, May 25th
as part of the kick-off celebration for the Road’s 152nd operating season.
The event will commemorate the many unusual ascents made on the “Carriage Road” since it opened to the public in 1861.

This spirit of fun and adventure was perhaps best captured by day’s namesake, the late Alton Weagle of Walpole, NH. Weagle was a great advocate for safe and sustainable enjoyment of the White Mountains, who became known for awhile as “Mr. Mt. Washington”, thanks to his entertaining exploits during the 1950s. At various times he had run up the Auto Road barefoot, backwards and blindfolded (up and down) and he had pushed up a wheelbarrow with a 100 pound sack of sugar without setting it down; Weagle climbed up and down Tuckerman Ravine, along the Cog Railway and the Auto Road (30 miles) in 14 hours 28 minutes and even got married on the Cog Railway in 1955.

All of this follows in a great tradition of remarkable Auto Road ascents throughout history, which will be further shared and celebrated on May 25th.

“Mt. Washington has always drawn a unique assortment of characters in search of personal distinction-some have been more serious minded than others, of course! This has become quite a history making day on the Auto Road,” noted Howie Wemyss, General Manager of the Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center.

In recent years, several unusual “first ascents” were accomplished, including one person who made the climb on a unicycle, one on roller skis, a trio who Irish stepped danced their way to the top and one man who backed his vehicle from base to summit along the winding 8 mile road to the northeast’s highest peak, 2 people riding tricycles; one Star Wars scout trooper; a fireman in full fire fighting gear including SCBA and hand tool and a buckskin character going up in a go-kart, among others.

A special ceremony recognizing records set that day will take place at 1pm at the Glen House base building.  For more information about this and other events at the Auto Road visit online at: http://www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com

Anyone interested in participating with an unusual ascent of their own is required to contact the Auto Road at 466-3988 for schedules and more information.