Rappelling is a safe and fun way to get your adrenaline going! Imagine lowering yourself down a 100ft. cliff while hanging in free space. It doesn’t get much better than this. Come enjoy the outdoors, the views, and pump some adventure into your life.
During this adventure, you will rappel a variety of cliffs and terrain as well as different heights. You can sit out any rappels that you are not comfortable with and there is always a walk down option. All rappels are backed-up by a secondary rope controlled by your guide making this a heart-pumping experience with minimum risk.
What To Know
Length: 1 Day
Guide-to-Client Ratio: 1:4
When: Year Round
1 person: $200 per person
2 people: $150 per person
3 people: $135 per person
4 people: $125 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 and how long will be rappel for?WATERFALL RAPPELLING
You will meet your guides at The Bunkhouse at Northeast Mountaineering in Bartlett, NH at your designated time. We will take 30 minutes to outfit you with any rental gear, watch an introduction video and learn to rappel at The Bunkhouse.
Wednesday-Sunday: Waterfall Adventures meet at 9am and return around 2pm.
You will meet your guides at The Bunkhouse at Northeast Mountaineering in Bartlett, NH at 10am. We will take 30 minutes to outfit you with any rental gear and learn to rappel at The Bunkhouse before heading over to the local cliff.
Do we have to hike to the waterfall or cliff?The Hike to Ripley Falls is 0.5 miles and usually take approximately 20-30 minutes. The trail is classified as Easy/Moderate by White Mountain standards. These standards may differ from the ratings you are used to. It is uphill the entire way and there are many roots, rocks, mud, and loose footing. The last 0.1 mile of the trail to the top of the waterfall is particularly steep and requires care. This adventure also requires an easy river crossing. Participants need to be able to walk on rough, rugged trails, have a solid sense of balance, and be in reasonable physical shape.
Is there a weight limit?For insurance and safety reasons, our weight limit for the rappelling adventures is 250lbs. The maximum waist size is 38 inches. For our younger adventurists, we have kids harnesses that will fit ages 6 and up.
What kind of footwear should I wear?For Waterfall Rappelling, please wear strap on sandals, sneakers, watershoes or hiking boots. For Cliff Rappelling, please wear sneakers or hiking boots.
What should I wear?Please wear synthetic materials that will dry out quicker than cotton such as wool, polyester, or techwick. For Waterfall Rappelling, please bring sneakers, water shoes, strap-on sandals or hiking boots that can get soaked as you will be standing in water at times. You will appreciate having a towel and a dry shirt for after the fun has ended.A small backpack to carry these items plus some food and water is recommended. For Cliff Rappelling, please wear comfortable activewear. We recommend that you wear a t-shirt and shorts because you will be wearing a harness. A small backpack to carry these items plus some food and water is recommended.
Is it safe?Rappelling is very safe when conducted properly, especially when assisted by a guide. Our guides are trained to mitigate the dangers and other inherent hazards.
How many people are in a group?We offer a maximum ratio of 4 clients per guide for rappelling courses - typically 8 participants with 2 guides.
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, 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 backpack is recommended for rappelling.|
|[ ] Climbing Harness: A comfortable, adjustable climbing harness.||Camp Group II|
|[ ] Helmet: A lightweight climbing helmet.||Camp Rock Star|
|[ ] Belay Device|
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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.
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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 $200 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 $200 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.
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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.