If you’d prefer to book a private hike, call us at (845)668-2030 or email us at [email protected] for more information.

Length

1 day (9:00am-4:00pm)

Meeting Location

EMS Climbing School
2686 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH 03860
directions

Ratio

1:6

Cost

Group course:  $150/person

Please click here for private rates.

Lodging

Transportation and lodging are not included in the course fee.  Students will be responsible for their own accommodations.  Click here for area lodging.

Gear List

All technical equipment will be provided.  Click here for items you will be responsible for bringing.

Introduction To Winter Hiking

NORTH CONWAY, NEW HAMPSHIRE

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Are you looking to extend your three-season outdoor fun but not quite sure where to begin?  Come join us for this introduction to winter hiking and see why you don’t need to put your adventures on hold when the snow starts to fly.  During this program we will learn how to adapt our basic hiking skills to the winter environment, learn appropriate emergency preparedness for cold environments, learn all about appropriate clothing and equipment, and learn how to have fun and stay warm during your expanded four-season endeavors.

The focus of the outdoor portion of this day will be on practical use of different traction devices such as snowshoes, Microspikes, and crampons.  We will spend a good amount of time practicing using crampons and mountaineering axes and learn how they can aid us in our winter travels.  Lastly, we will touch upon some improvised ways to increase our security on steep, icy trails, such as using a rope as a hand line.

IMPORTANT:  1) Weather and conditions may inhibit us from covering all topics outlined in this course.  Please be open to a flexible schedule.  2) Group courses require a minimum enrollment in order to run, and your reservation is subject to change if minimum enrollment is not reached.  Please note that this winter group course is reserved for those age 18 and older.  3) If you have specific time and learning needs, any class can be booked privately on any day of the week.  For information about private reservations, please call 845-668-2030 or email us at [email protected]

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Itinerary

Groups meet promptly at 9:00am at Eastern Mountain Sports Schools in North Conway.  If you do not arrive on time, we reserve the right to start without you and you will not be rescheduled or refunded.  Click here for directions.  In the morning you will meet your guide and get outfitted with any gear we may need for the day.  A good portion of the day will be spent outside, so please dress appropriately for the weather.  You should also bring enough food and water for the entire day and a backpack to carry items on the trail.  The day will end around 4:00pm back at EMS.

Included/Not Included

Participants will be outfitted with all equipment needed for the day.  You are welcome to bring your own gear, but it will be subject to a safety inspection by your guide.  Equipment provided includes mountaineering boots, crampons, mountaineering axe, harness, helmet, snowshoes, Microspikes, trekking poles, and climbing hardware.  Participants will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather and provide their own water, lunches, and snacks for the day.  See our gear list for a complete list of items you will be responsible for bringing.  Meals, lodging, and transportation are not included.

Cancellation Policy

Payment is due in full at the time of booking to secure your reservation.  Events run rain or shine.  Eastern Mountain Sports Schools reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events for low participation, weather, or safety concerns at any time.  We will try to give as much advance notice as possible, but may not always be able to give much advance warning, especially for weather cancellations.

Cancellations or schedule changes more than 14 days prior to the program start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty.  Cancellations from 8 to 14 days from the program start date will not be refunded, but changes to reservations may be granted based on availability.  Cancellations or reservation changes within 7 days will not be refunded and you will not be allowed to reschedule or carry over deposits to future events (NO MATTER THE REASON FOR THE CANCELLATION).  Please mark the last day to cancel on your calendar after making your reservation.

Cancellations due to weather are determined only by EMS Schools and the guides – we will not make a weather cancellation at a guest’s behest.  Please note that forecasts change frequently and are rarely accurate more than a day or so out.  If it is determined a program needs to be canceled based on weather, we will call and/or email you prior to your reservation.  This may not always be far in advance of your reservation, so we suggest purchasing travel insurance if you are coming from afar.  If we do not reach out to you, your program will run as scheduled.  A full refund or rescheduling option will be available for those canceled due to weather.

Please remember that if you are joining a pre-scheduled group lesson, your reservation will be pending sufficient enrollment.  If the minimum number of participants is not met, we will offer you the option of upgrading to a private lesson, or we will reschedule or refund you.  NOTE:  If you do not arrive on time for a group lesson, we reserve the right to start without you and you will not be rescheduled or refunded.

We highly recommend looking into travel insurance if you are at all concerned that life events may get in the way of your ability to come out with us.  If you have any questions, please call 845-668-2030.  We would be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.