All Ages & Abilities
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 New Hampshire. We will provide some introductory instruction, teach you how to belay, and of course how to climb. Get your friends together for some fun this winter…the NEM way.
What To Know
Length: Full or Half Day
Guide-to-Client Ratio: 1:4
Difficulty: You choose!
When: December - March
Type: Ice Climbing
1 person: $179 per person
2 people: $159 per person
3 people: $139 per person
4 people: $129 per person
5+ people: Call for rates
1 person: $99 per person
2 people: $89 per person
3 people: $79 per person
4 people: $69 per person
5+ people: Call for rates
7 DAYS PER WEEK
For your convenience, we climb 7 days per week in season.
What time does the program begin?We will meet at 8AM at our bunkhouse in Bartlett, NH unless otherwise stated. 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 $79 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!
For your convenience, we have the mandatory gear available for rent! We also have a small selection of clothing available for rent if you are missing anything listed above. Upon completion of registration, you will receive a welcome packet via email with a gear rental form that you will complete and return to reserve the gear you need for you adventure!
|[ ] 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|
|[ ] Medium Weight Glove: Wind/water resistant insulated mountain gloves.||Camp G Tech Dry|
|[ ] Mountaineering Boots: Insulated plastic boots are the preferred choice. 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. 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|
NutritionYour “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.
HydrationTo help prevent cramping and heat related injuries, you will need at least 2 liters of water per day. Water is preferred, but other liquids such as gatorade help replace electrolytes and work well, too!
Don’t go over the topWhen planning, don’t bring any items that require extensive preparation or cooking. We are able to provide you with boiling water on overnight adventures, but do not have the ability to actually cook food items.
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DOMESTIC ADVENTURESPayment in full is due at the time of booking. Cancellations outside of 7 days are fully refundable except for a $50 service fee. 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. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check.
BEYOND NEW ENGLAND INCLUDING MOUNT RAINIERA non-refundable deposit of $750 per person secures your reservation but may vary - please check the individual pages. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due 1 month [30 days] before departure - but may vary. For your convenience, we can work out a monthly payment plan.
INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURESA non-refundable deposit of $500 per person secures your reservation but may vary - please check the individual pages. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due 1 month [30 days] before departure - but may vary. For your convenience, we can work out a monthly payment plan.
CANCELLATIONThere 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 DATEDate 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.
GENERAL POLICIESNEMs Adventure 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, an NEM credit for the full value 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. This includes being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
SUMMIT ATTEMPTNortheast 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.
RISK MANAGEMENTSafety is NEM’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in the mountains 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 maximize your experience without compromising the necessary margin of safety. Please clearly understand that mountaineering and all other mountain adventures are inherently hazardous sports. 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 these sports, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in these activities.