Length: 1 Day Maximum Guide Ratio: 1:4 Difficulty: You Choose!
When things cool down this winter, join us for ice climbing! Our Intro to Ice Climbing Course allows you to safely try the sport of ice climbing on some real ice cliffs. Get out of the house and climb in the fresh air. Depending on your skill level and goals for the course, we will climb at one of a number of local cliffs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. We will show you how we set up an anchor, how to belay, and of course how to climb. Get your friends together for some fun this winter…the NEM way.
1 person: $179/person
2 people: $159/person
3 people: $139/person
4 people: $129/person
5+ people: Call for rates
1 person: $99/person
2 people: $89/person
3 people: $79/person
4 people: $69/person
5+ people: Call for rates
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Depending on your objective, some gear can be substituted for the items listed below. If you are lacking a specific item, contact us.. we have rentals!
Choose Synthetic Materials, Wool, or Fleece — cotton will absorb sweat and freeze increasing the chances of hypothermia.
Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions!
|[ ] Pack with Waist Strap: A 3000 cu. in. pack is the recommended size for one day climbs. Your pack MUST have a waist strap. A backpack will not suffice.||Camp M4|
|[ ] Crampons: 10-12 point adjustable crampons designed for ice climbing.||Camp Cassin C14|
|[ ] Ice Tools:A pair of ice tools designed for technical climbing.||Camp X All-Mountain|
|[ ] Climbing Harness: A comfortable, adjustable climbing harness.||Camp Group II|
|[ ] Helmet: A lightweight climbing helmet.||Camp Rock Star|
|[ ] Warm Hat: Wool or synthetic. It should be warm and thin enough to fit underneath a climbing helmet.||Camp Race Hat|
|[ ] Balaclava/Neck Gaiter: Optional but recommended||Mountain Hardwear Powerstretch|
|[ ] Ball Hat/Sun Hat: Optional. A lightweight ball cap or sun hat.|
|[ ] Sun Glasses: A pair of dark-lensed sunglasses with side shields or full wrap-type sunglasses.||Julbo Dolgan|
|[ ] Lightweight glove: One pair of fleece gloves.||Camp G Lite Wind|
|[ ] Medium Weight Glove: Wind/water resistant insulated mountain gloves.||Camp G Tech Dry|
|[ ] Heavy Insulated Glove/Mitten: Wind/water resistant, insulated gloves or mittens for protection against wind, snow and cold. These also serve as emergency back-ups if you drop or lose a glove.||Marmot Expedition Mitt|
|[ ] Base Layer Top and Bottom: Long-sleeve wool or synthetic top will be used as your base layer. Zip-neck styles will allow for better temperature regulation.||Patagonia Capilene 3|
|[ ] Light Insulating Layer/Soft Shell Top: A fleece or other insulation layer.||Patagonia R1 Hoody|
|[ ] Hard Shell Jacket with Hood: Wind/rain Proof. Gore-Tex recommended.||First Ascent Storm Shell|
|[ ] Insulated Parka: This item becomes of highest importance when we are faced with poor weather. This should be an expeditionary-type heavy parka that extends well below the waist and above the knees. Goose down is recommended versus synthetic fill. It does not have to be waterproof, but that is a nice feature. The parka is worn primarily at rest breaks on summit day and as an emergency garment if needed. When sizing a parka, allow for several layers to be worn underneath; buy it large. The parka must have an insulated hood.||Camp ED Protection Jacket|
|[ ] Climbing Pants: Synthetic climbing pants offer a wide range of versatility. You can wear them alone on hot days, or in combination with the base layer on cold days. The thickness (insulation quality) should be based on how well you do in the cold.||First Ascent Guide Lite|
|[ ] Hard Shell Pants: A pant made of breathable rain and wind-proof material will be needed. Full-length side zippers are required for facilitating quick clothing adjustments over boots and crampons in cold, inclement weather.||First Ascent Rainier Storm Shell|
|[ ] Mountaineering Boots: Insulated plastic boots are the preferred choice for ascents on Mt. Rainier. They provide the best insulation as well as a more rigid sole for kicking steps and holding crampons. Leather mountaineering boots that have completely rigid soles are also adequate, but they will need to be insulated and may still result in cold feet on summit day. Lightweight hiking boots without insulation are not acceptable as they don’t work well with crampons, or in very cold or wet weather.||Scarpa Inverno|
|[ ] Gaiters: A knee-length pair of gaiters, large enough to fit over your mountaineering boots. This will protect you from catching your crampons on loose clothing.||Outdoor Research Expedition Crocodiles|
|[ ] Heavyweight Socks: Either wool or synthetic. Some people find liner socks useful for reducing friction.||Smartwool Mountaineer|
|[ ] Sunscreen|
|[ ] Lip Screen|
|[ ] 2 Nalgene Water Bottles|
|[ ] Zip Lock for trash|
|[ ] Camera|
|First Aid Kit|
On the One Day Summit Climb you will need one lunch and several snacks. For multi-day trips you will also need breakfast and dinner for each day on the mountain.
Lunch / Snacks
Your “lunches” are taken in the field throughout the day during short 10 to 15 minute breaks. We suggest crackers, pizza, candy bars, jerky, chips, cookies, trail mix, fruits, Gu, energy bars, and hard candies. Drink mixes such as Gatorade and Kool-Aid help flavor your water. Add peanut butter, cream cheese, hard cheese, or pepperoni for additional calories and taste. If you enjoy bread items, bagels work well. Include some salty snacks to replenish lost salts.
Single-serving instant oatmeal or Cream-of-Wheat makes a good main course fare. A variety of granola bars, pastries, fruit and a hot drink mix of coffee, tea, cocoa or cider are suggested.
Freeze-dried entrees are very convenient; it is best to be familiar with their taste in advance. Instant soups and Cup-o’-Noodles are great alternatives. To supplement, you might consider bringing chicken, pizza, sandwiches, pasta salads or stir-fry; something that doesn’t need to be cooked. A overnight favorite — bring coffee, tea, cocoa or cider to warm you up before bedtime.
Don’t worry too much about the nutritional aspect of meals; concern yourself more with a high calorie intake.
Don’t go over the top
When planning, don’t bring any items that require extensive preparation or cooking. We are able to provide you with boiling water, but do not have the ability to actually cook food items.
Please read through the following frequently asked questions and answers. These will help you prepare for your trip and get a better understanding of what to expect. Thanks!
What time does the program begin?
We will meet at 8AM at our bunkhouse in Bartlett, NH. We will take 30 minutes to outfit you with any rental gear you need and head out to the cliffs.
What gear is needed for Ice Climbing?
The mandatory items include mountaineering boots, crampons, ice tools, harness, helmet, backpack, food, water, and proper clothing. The gear rental package costs $109 and includes crampons, ice tools, harness, gaiters and helmet.
Will hiking or winter boots work?
Unfortunately no. You will need proper mountaineering boots for ice climbing.
How long do we climb for?
We usually arrive at the cliff between 9AM and 9:30AM. We will arrive back at the bunkhouse around 3PM depending on what climb we do.
What should I wear?
Please come dressed in appropriate clothing. Layering is the best practice in the outdoors as it allows you to manage your body temperature. You can check out our “Equipment List” for more info. Be sure to have an extra warm jacket for when you are belaying.
Is it safe?
Ice climbing can be very safe when conducted properly, especially top-roping. Our guides are trained to mitigate the dangers of falling ice and other inherent hazards.
How difficult is it to ice climb?
The difficulty of the climb can be varied depending on your experience level and goals for the day.
How many people are in a group?
We offer a maximum ratio of 6 clients per guide for top-rope climbing and a maximum of 2 clients per guide for multi-pitch climbs.
Are there age restrictions?
As long as you are approved for vigorous activity and/or you have a parent/guardian signature and you fit into the harness and mountaineering boots, you are welcome to join us!
A non-refundable deposit of $50 per person secures your reservation. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due on the day of the climb.
There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 7 days before your program. Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to departure, we cannot make exceptions to this policy.
Change of Date
Date changes are subject to availability and apply only to the current climbing season. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 7 days prior to your departure date for a $25 fee per person. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 3 days prior to your departure date for a $50 fee per person. There are no date changes allowed less than 2 days before departure.
Safety is NEM’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in mountaineering such as avalanches, ice fall, rock fall, inclement weather, and high winds, but they cannot eliminate them. NEM guides draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sound decisions that improve your chance of reaching the summit without compromising the necessary margin of safety.
Please clearly understand that mountaineering is inherently a hazardous sport. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of mountaineering, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in this activity.
NEMs program plans and itineraries are subject to change or adjustment based on a number of factors. These include, but are not limited to, route conditions, weather, terrain, and many other factors. NEM has complete discretion to change plans to accommodate any of these or other factors, including discretion to change program schedule or itinerary, and change guides or staff, as necessary for the proper and safe conduct of the program.
We reserve the right to cancel any program due to inadequate signups, weather or route conditions. In such a case, a full refund is given; however, NEM cannot be responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the program (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, hotel reservations).
NEM reserves the right to dismiss the Participant from a trip at any time if NEM determines, in its sole discretion, that the Participant is not physically, technically, or psychologically prepared for or capable of participating in the program.
Northeast Mountaineering cannot guarantee that you will reach the summit. Weather, route conditions, your own abilities or the abilities of others may create circumstances that make an ascent unsafe, and you or your entire party will have to turn around without reaching the summit. Your program fee entitles you to one summit attempt on your specified dates.