If you’d prefer to book a private climb, call us at (845)668-2030 or email us at schools@ems.com for more information.


1 day (7:00am- 5:30pm)
end time may vary

Meeting Location

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




Group course:  $175/person

Please click here for private rates.


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

Gear List

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

Mt Lafayette & Franconia Ridge



If Mt Washington is the King of the White Mountains, then Mt Lafayette is the Queen.  Much like in chess, you haven’t won until you take the King, but it is often more difficult to take the Queen.  Mt Lafayette, at 5,249 feet tall, can be every bit as fierce as Mt Washington in the winter.

wc101-400x500An ascent of Lafayette with a possible traverse of the Franconia Ridge is a great next step for folks who have climbed Washington in the winter and are looking for their next challenge.  The Franconia Ridge traverse is 8.9 miles long, with almost 2 miles above tree line on the ridge linking Mt Lincoln and Mt Lafayette.

IMPORTANT:  1) Group climbs attract many people of all abilities.  Although we request that everyone should be in above average physical shape to have a better chance at reaching the summit on a favorable day, not everyone comes prepared.  The scheduled dates are reserved for those individuals who are interested in a mountain experience with a potential summit attempt.  We make every effort to get the group as high on the mountain as we can prior to our predetermined turnaround time.  However, because of weather conditions, time constraints, and differing physical abilities, the group you are with may have the need to turn around prior to the actual top of the mountain.  2) Group climbs 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 climb is reserved for those age 18 and older.  3) If there is someone in the group who may need to go down early, the whole group will need to descend.  For this reason, if you are more goal-oriented and would like to have a better chance at a summit without being at the whim of any particular group member, it is best to book privately (either as a single or with friends).



Groups meet promptly at 7:00am 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 climbing gear for the day.  Once everyone is outfitted, groups will leave straight for the trailhead.  The whole 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 in which to carry items.  Hiking time may vary depending on weather, trail conditions, and the overall pace of the group.  The day will end around 5:30pm back at EMS.

Included/Not Included

Climbers will be outfitted with all technical equipment 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, and a mountaineering axe.  Climbers will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather and provide their own water, lunches, and snacks for the day.  See our gear lists for the 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.

Eastern Mountain Sports Schools