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A Week's Stay at the Mt. Washington Observatory

August 8   7:00 pm         Brenda & Preston Conklin

Brenda & Preston Conklin spent two separate weeks volunteering atop Mt Washington - one in spring and one in winter. Their presentation will cover the history of the Mt. Washington Observatory, as well as weather and life at the summit. A perk for members of the non-profit Mt. Washington Observatory is the opportunity to share the bunkroom lifestyle, as well as cook and clean for the meteorology staff of 8 plus guests.


At 6,288 feet, those staff members are probably the highest paid meteorologists in the east. The week begins with a drive up the Auto Road in the Observatory van. Food for the week is prepared from supplies in the well-stocked summit kitchen. Highlights of the week include learning about weather instruments and climbing metal ladders to the top of the weather tower parapet - 40 feet above the 6,288 ft. summit. At night, in the living room, staff and volunteers share laughs, stories, videos, and reading time. 

A Week's Stay at the Mt. Washington Observatory: About Us
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Mt. Washington Observatory

Brenda and Preston Conklin have lived in Waterville Valley NH for 20 years.


They are hikers, snowshoers, trail maintainers, and local historians. Hiking has taken them up the 67 New England High Peaks and Brenda completed the Appalachian Trail over three years in 2010-2012. She completed the 52 with a View list of NH hikes in 2022.


Below there is a link to the Mt. Washington Observatory volunteer program:


A Week's Stay at the Mt. Washington Observatory: Who We Are

This program is sponsored by:

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A Week's Stay at the Mt. Washington Observatory: About
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