The Mountain Mentor Program is for individuals (and partners) who are financially and time committed to improving their recreational competency in mountaineering, rock, ice climbing and/or skiing. If you are looking for the freedom to control the pace of learning, difficulty of the guided climbing experience or you are motivated to push your ability and have a growing passion for climbing, then this program is for you!


In order to maximize the results of your mentorship, you need to be in excellent physical shape. This process begins now. Get out and climb and hike at least a few times per week. During the development of your customized plan we will address your fitness level and establish a training plan if needed.


We spend one day running through the basic rope skills and climbing some pitches to establish a baseline for the curriculum. If you show competency on certain skills then we omit them from the customized plan. Your current skillset sets the foundation for us to build on.


Picking your climbing team or partner is essential to the outcome of your adventures. Managing risk is vital for your safety. We take a full day addressing these issues to improve your decision-making ability in the field.


A solid trip plan, emergency action plan and your preparation is vital to the outcome of your adventures. We explore traditional and modern tools for establishing solids plans.


Understanding knots, rope systems and managing a single pitch environment are essential basic skills. These sessions will provide a solid base to build from as we move onto multi-pitch and alpine objectives.


The alpine program will help you fine-tune your skills in alpine snow, mixed, and glaciated terrain.


The rock program will help you fine-tune or learn advanced skills for rock climbing including self and partner rescue techniques.


The ice program will help you fine-tune or learn advanced skills for ice climbing. We will discuss the differences between rock and ice climbing and how that influences our decision-making and climbing practices.


The ski program is designed for ski tours or ski ascents/descents, on alpine touring, split board or free-heel equipment. Topics covered include: track setting, efficient 3rd and 4th class travel, short-rope and short pitch techniques, rescues skills.


The AIARE 1 is a three-day / 24-hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the party is caught).


Pay In Full

You may pay in full ($9,000 USD) for the entire mentorship. Equivalent of $300 per day.

Monthly Financing**

Two, three or four year financing options are available with the total divided into payments due on the first of each month.

Per Discipline***

You may purchase each discipline one at a time. A deposit of $1,000 secures your enrollment.

*To receive similar training (with a guide to client focus) costs over $26,000. Included is the AIARE 1 course at a value of $400+. We encourage all participants to seek wilderness medical training at the Wilderness First Responder level. The Mountain Mentor Program standards are based on the highest level of standards set by these organizations.

**For financing options, there is an interest charge of 5% over 2 years [$9,450], 7.5% over 3 years [$9,675] and 10% over 4 years $9,900].

***There is a 10% premium for paying by discipline.

****Not Included: Travel, Gratuity, Lodging (20% off The Bunkhouse), Rental Gear (20% off climbingrentals.com). All expenses associated with the big mountain experiences are additional. Participants receive preferred pricing.



Payment plans are outlined below. By submitting the application form you are committing to the full cost as outlined by the plan. Cancellations are subject to payment in full up to 50% or remaining balance. For example: cancellation after 15 days [50%] is subject to payment for half of the remaining 15 days. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check.


Cancellations are subject to payment in full up to 50% or remaining balance. For example: cancellation after 15 days [50%] is subject to payment for half of the remaining 15 days.


NEMs Adventure itineraries are subject to change or be adjusted based on a number of factors. These include, but are not limited to, route conditions, weather, terrain, group dynamics and many other factors. NEM has complete discretion to change plans to accommodate any of these or other factors, including the 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.


Northeast Mountaineering cannot guarantee that you will reach the summit or complete the objective you have signed up for. 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 mountain experience on your specified dates.


For our adventures to run as booked, we must have 50% enrollment of the maximum participant allotment. As an example, if the program has a maximum of 6 people then we must have 3 registered participants for the adventure. In the case of low registration, you may be asked to postpone or join another group on a different date. Exceptions may be made but it is at complete discretion of Northeast Mountaineering, its guides and agents.


Safety is NEM’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in the mountains 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.