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1 day (8:30am- 4:30pm)

Meeting Location

EMS in North Conway
1498 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH 03860


group classes run with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 3 people


$150 per person
private lessons also available


lodging is not included in course fee. students will be responsible for their own accommodations. click here for area lodging.

Gear List

all technical climbing equipment will be provided. click here for items you will be responsible for bringing.

Mountaineering 201



Looking at classic mountaineering objectives out West, or the committing winter ascents of the East? Then we’ll take the skills you learned in Winter Climbing 101 and apply them on a long route that will get you way up above the valley.

In Winter Mountaineering 201, we’ll review the basics, then head up a route of moderate-angled snow and ice. We’ll cover lots of ground, protecting the party while moving together on the rope, and belaying the sections that require more care. Route selection, hazard assessment, and decision-making in the mountains all come into play as we steadily gain elevation. For a safety-conscious party, smooth and efficient movement up the mountain is a reward in itself, but the views from up there make it even better. Since the top of any climb is really the half-way point, we will need to address the variety of descent options as well.

From here, a logical next step is our Glacier Skills & Crevasse Rescue course or schedule a private climb with one of our climbing guides.

IMPORTANT: 1) Weather and conditions may inhibit us from covering all topics outlined in this course. Please be open to a flexible schedule. 2) Groups classes require a minimum enrollment of two people. If you are booking alone for a group class your reservation is subject to change if minimum enrollment is not reached. Group classes are perfect for those with flexible schedules. Any class can be booked privately any day of the week. Private reservations are guaranteed to run. For information about private reservations please call 800-310-4504.

What’s Next?

Glacier Skills & Crevasse Rescue >>


Groups meet promptly at 8:30am at the Eastern Mountain Sports in North Conway. Click here for directions. In the morning you will meet your guide, sign a waiver form, and get fitted with climbing gear for the day. Once everyone is outfitted groups will leave straight for the trail head. The whole day will be spent outside so please dress appropriate for the weather. You should also bring enough food and water for the entire day and a backpack to carry items to the cliff. The day will end around 4:30pm back at EMS.

Included/ Not Included

Climbers will be outfitted with all technical equipment for the day. You are welcome to bring your own equipment but it will be subject to approval by your guide. Equipment provided includes mountaineering boots, crampons, ice axes, harness, helmet, and climbing hardware. Climbers will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather and provide their own lunches for the day. See gear list for complete list of items you will be responsible for bringing. Meals, lodging and transportation are not included.

Cancellation Policy

Payment is due in full at time of reservation to secure your reservation. Events run rain or shine. Eastern Mountain Sports Schools reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events for low participation, weather or safety concerns at any time. We will try to give as much advance notice as possible, but may not always be able to give much advance warning, especially for weather cancellations. Cancellations or schedule changes 8 days or more prior to the event start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty. Reservation changes of any kind within 7 days of the event start date will not be refunded and you will not be allowed to carry over deposits to future events. For participants 17 or younger, a parent must sign a waiver form prior to climbing. If you have any questions please call 800-310-4504. We will be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.