NEW HAMPSHIRE'S HOME FOR WATERFALL RAPPELLING
Best Extreme Outdoor Adventure in America
Bring your family and friends to rappel Ripley Falls - one of New Hampshire's magnificent, 100+ foot waterfalls with the spectacular scenery of the White Mountains all around you. Enjoy a short [0.5 miles], scenic hike into the falls before you scramble to the top and rappel back down [up to 3 time per person]. This is a once in a lifetime experience and NEM is excited to have brought this adventure to New Hampshire. Timeout.com identified our program as a 'Top extreme outdoor adventure in America.'
During this adventure, 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 mountain guide's fireman belay making this an amazing experience with minimum risk.
What To Know
1 person: $295 per person
2 people: $225 per person
3 people: $200 per person
4 people: $180 per person
5+people: Call for rates
We rappel Thursday-Sunday each week.
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 45 minutes to outfit you with any rental gear, watch an introduction video and learn to rappel at The Bunkhouse. Thursday-Sunday: Waterfall Adventures meet at 9am and return around 2pm. CLIFF RAPPELLING 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. We typically wrap up around 2PM.
Do we have to hike to the waterfall or cliff?WATERFALL RAPPELLING 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. CLIFF RAPPELLING The Hike to Square Ledge 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. 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 45 inches. For our younger adventurists, we have kids harnesses that will fit ages 10 and up.
What kind of footwear should I wear?For Waterfall Rappelling, please wear strap on sandals, sneakers, water-shoes 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 active-wear appropriate for the weather. A small backpack to carry these items plus some food and water is recommended.
Is it safe?The risk while rappelling is quite low 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 3 clients per guide for rappelling courses - typically 6 participants with 2 guides.
Are there age restrictions?We welcome anyone who meets the following criteria: • Over 85lbs and under 250lbs • Age 10 and over • Are physically capable of hiking 1 mile on rough, rugged terrain and are approved for vigorous activity.
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 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.
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MINIMUM REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTSMost of our programs do not have a minimum enrollment. If you are the only one registered, it will likely become a private outing. For our Waterfall Rappelling adventure, we must have at least 50% enrollment (3 people) to run the adventure. In the event of low-enrollment, we will reschedule your adventure to another date. If another date cannot be accommodated, you will receive an NEM credit.
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CANCELLATION FOR NEW ENGLAND PROGRAMSUp to 30 days before your adventure: Full Refund will be issued 29 days - 72 hours before your adventure: Full Refund in the form of NEM credit Within 72 hours of your adventure: No refund will be issued* In the event that you have a positive COVID-19 test and need to cancel within 72 hours, you will be issued an NEM credit for your adventure.
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CHANGE OF DATEDate changes are subject to availability. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 7 days prior to your adventure without incurring a date change fee. Date changes may be requested between 7 and 3 days prior to your departure date for a $25 fee per person. There are no date changes allowed within 72 hours before your adventure.
COVID-19 PRECAUTIONSIn the event your guide or a fellow NEM guide or staff has reason to believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 or they are otherwise feeling unwell they will attempt to get a COVID test in time for your adventure or course. In the event of a positive test or the absence of results, your course or adventure will be rescheduled or you can opt for an NEM credit to use at your discretion. Refunds for travel, lodging or other costs associated with your adventure will not be refunded or reimbursed.