Advanced Winter Climbing

NORTH CONWAY, NH

The programs below are offered to experienced climbers by private arrangement only. To schedule a customized lesson or guided climb please call 800-310-4504.

Alpine Gully Climbs
Ski Mountaineering
Learn to Lead
Mixed Climbing

Rates (per day) for advanced winter climbing programs:

1 person $275
2 people $185 each
3 people $155 each
4 or more people $140 each

Alpine Gully Climbs

This course is less about learning new skills and more about “putting it all together” on long classics in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. You’ll use your mountaineering skills, ice climbing skills and “mountain sense,” as well as your fitness and endurance to maximum efficiency. Your decision-making will also be tested – especially your avalanche hazard assessment skills as you push yourself to exciting new levels in some of the most starkly beautiful and challenging settings in the East. If conditions allow, routes like Shoestring Gully in Crawford Notch State Park or long alpine gullies in Huntington or Tuckerman Ravine on Mt. Washington are possible destinations for these climbs. Maximum guide to climber ratio for these climbs is 1:2.

Ski Mountaineering

Do you want to open up new terrain and immerse yourself in the mountains? This course will give you the skills you need to start using mountaineering techniques to approach ski routes that wouldn’t be accessible otherwise. You’ll learn how to climb efficiently using a mountaineering axe in your hand and crampons on your ski boots. This course is designed for telemark or alpine touring skiers that have taken our backcountry skiing course or have extensive personal skiing experience. No mountaineering experience is required, but you may want to sign up for our Winter Climbing 101 course or our Accelerated Mountaineering course if you are interested in getting a head start.

Learn to Lead

The name says it all here – you want to move to the other end of the rope, and your experience so far says that it’s time. In this course, we’ll fill in any technical gaps that might exist in your set of skills, and move into the realm of the “sharp end.” We will begin to teach you how to think like a leader: assessing your party, choosing an appropriate route, sorting through the gear required, racking efficiently, protecting both leader and second, and planning for the descent. And remember – with your 20% outfitting discount, you can build up your rack after the course and work with your guide to decide which gear to buy. You must have significant experience following on ice, and preferably some experience leading on rock to be ready for this course.

Mixed Climbing

Are you looking to open up a whole new world of climbing possibilities? Enter the growing world of mixed climbing and learn to climb routes that involve a combination of some rock and some ice. This course will tap into your creative side and show you some fun, new ways to solve problems. We’ll be using ice climbing crampons and tools for both the rock and ice sections, so we’ll show you a few tips and tricks on how to get those steel points to stick to stone and then we will get right on those routes you have been eyeing. Previous ice and rock climbing experience is a must to be reach for this course.