Winter Hiking, Ice Climbing, & Mountaineering

As one of New England’s oldest climbing school we offer adventure programs built for everyone.

We believe that Winter Hiking and Ice Climbing should be accessible to anyone. That’s why our Intro to Ice Climbing, Winter Climbing 101, and Winter Hiking programs come with all the technical gear you need. Whether you are a first time climber or a seasoned veteran we can tailor a program to your needs and get you out in the mountains enjoying the winter season to its fullest.

We also specialize in more advanced mountain skills and rope work. Though the mountains are not very tall here on the East coast, Mt. Washington is still home to some of the world’s worst weather and provides an excellent training ground for those of you looking to head out West or abroad. Our guides are some of the most experienced and well trained in the Northeast and can show you the tips and tricks for traversing any terrain confidently.

The EMS Schools operate all over New England and each climbing location offers a slightly different lineup of classes. Check out each location page or some of the featured programs below. If you don’t see the perfect program for your goal let us know as our guides are out almost everyday and can find the adventure you are looking for.

              

Featured Programs

Check out some of our most popular Winter Programs. All of our courses come complete with all the technical gear you need at no extra cost.

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North Conway, NH – Introduction To Ice Climbing

Join us on this course for some great climbing on both snow and ice, and you’ll come away with a full understanding of the fundamentals of winter climbing.  It all starts here for people headed toward the winter pursuit of ice climbing.  In this full-day course, we will outfit you with all the technical gear required to move on steep snow and ice.  READ MORE…

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Catskills, NY – Winter Climbing 101

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Join us on this course for some great climbing on both snow and ice, and you’ll come away with a full understanding of the fundamentals of winter climbing. It all starts here for people headed toward the winter pursuits of ice climbing or winter mountaineering. In this full-day course, we will outfit you with all the gear required to move on steep snow and moderate-angled ice. READ MORE…

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North Conway, NH – Mt Washington Ascent

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The tallest peak in the northeast is an even greater challenge in winter.  Over half of the 8.2 mile round trip is above tree line, where conditions can be famously harsh.  Mt Washington still holds the world record for the highest land wind speed at 231 mph and winter wind chill factor reaching a staggering -50 degrees F!  READ MORE…

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North Conway, NH – Accelerated Mountaineering

mw-self-arrestThis is one of our most popular winter programs, and a solid foundation for anyone headed to Mt Rainier, Denali, or similar objectives.  This course will have a mix of “classroom” and outdoor time.  On day 1 we will discuss individual experience and goals and how we will tailor this course for your specific group.  Day 2 will again be a mixture of classroom and outdoor time.  Our classroom time will be focused on selecting objectives (mountains!!) to climb and how to go about climbing them.  During day 2 we will, as a team, choose a mountaineering objective for day 3.  READ MORE…

Didn’t see a date that worked for you? Our Guides are available 7 days a week.  Call 845-668-2030 or email us at schools@ems.com to schedule a private course.

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North Conway, NH – Glacier Skills & Crevasse Rescue

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If you aspire to climb bigger mountains out west or abroad, learning to rope up for and travel over glaciers is essential.  You’ll also need to know how to extricate yourself or your partner from a crevasse.  Though there are no glaciers in the northeast, our instructors can teach you all of the latest tricks and techniques for navigating though these hazards.  A portion of the day will be spent learning the basics of glacier rigging for different sized rope-teams, as well as equipment options and crevasse rescue systems.  We will then set up and practice the demonstrated techniques in the field.  We require technical climbing experience or participation in one or more of our mountaineering courses for this hands-on, technical program.  READ MORE…

Didn’t see a date that worked for you? Our Guides are available 7 days a week.  Call 845-668-2030 or email us at schools@ems.com to schedule a private course.

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