Rock Climbing


accredited_colorThe White Mountains are synonymous with east coast climbing. From our home base in North Conway we have access to some of the best, and most famous climbing areas in the world. Variety of terrain, easy access to challenging climbing routes, and beautiful landscapes are but a few reason why many well known climbers now call the White Mountains their home.

Classes are available on select dates, or hire a guide for a private lesson or day of guided climbing on a day of your own choosing. Climbing season in North Conway usually starts in late April and goes through late November.

Group classes require a minimum enrollment of two people. If you are booking alone for a group class your reservation is subject to change if minimum enrollment is not reached. Group classes and climbs are perfect for those with flexible schedules. Any class or climb can be booked privately any day of the week. Private reservations are guaranteed to run. For information about private reservations please call 845-668-2030.

COVID update:  We are open and offering private guiding and instruction seven days a week!  Due to current restrictions, we are not running our pre-scheduled group specials at this time.  Please call us at (845)668-2030 or email us at [email protected] for more information and availability.

Private Guided Climbs

keith-ryan-belay-680x475Looking to master a specific skill or accomplish a particular goal or maybe you just want the guide to yourself, or on a day of your own choosing. Regardless of the reason or the size of your party, just give us a call at 845-668-2030 to set up a private climbing day tailored to your needs and schedule. Private rock climbing and guided Mt. Washington trips available 7 days a week. READ MORE… 
Available 7 days a week. Please call 845-668-2030 to schedule a climb.

Family Climb

Spend some time with the little ones this season while learning a new family sport. Kids & family climbing programs are designed to allow families to go at their own pace with the help and guidance of a certified climbing instructor. Our instructors will introduce basic climbing technique, fundamentals of belaying, and of course tons of climbing! READ MORE…  
Available 7 days a week. Please call 845-668-2030 to schedule a climb.

Group Climbing

keith-ryan-belay-680x475Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School works with many clubs, schools, universities and community organizations like Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to create customized programs every year. We can provide lessons or climbing programs as a onetime event or a series of recurring events READ MORE…  
Available 7 days a week. Please call 845-668-2030 to schedule a climb.

Rock Climbing 101

 rc101-680x475If you’ve never rock climbed, or have been climbing indoors at a rock gym, this class is for you. We’ll go over the fundamentals of climbing and focus on giving you the knowledge to become a skilled and confident rock climber. You’ll learn about the relevant equipment, knots and terminology, and then we’ll move right into belaying, body position, footwork and working around the climbing site.
The bulk of the day is spent putting these new skills to use on the cliff, with each climber able to get in a few climbs and descents. You will come away knowing what it is like to be a fully engaged and responsible member of a climbing party, and with a good measure of actual climbing time on the rock. READ MORE…
Available 7 days a week. Please call 845-668-2030 to schedule a climb.
one day / ratio 1:6 / private classes also available

Rock Climbing 201

 Now that you’ve completed Rock Climbing 101, you’re ready to really put those skills to use on the cliff. We’ll build off your basic climbing knowledge and focus on application: when is it best to use one technique rather than another? Which gear is most appropriate for which situation? Is it best to steer toward the cracks, or stick with the footholds on the face? All these issues can be addressed while getting in some great climbing, and we can add pitches of different character or difficulty as we go, depending upon your needs. READ MORE…
Available 7 days a week. Please call 845-668-2030 to schedule a climb.
one day / ratio 1:3 / private classes also available

Top Rope Set Up

 When it is time to start heading out on your own, you’ll want to hit this course first. We’ll take your knowledge and experience on the rock and fine-tune it to address the myriad of issues that come with establishing toprope systems. You’ll learn how to assess a site for climbing and anchoring potential, and how to set anchors at the top and bottom of the crag using a variety of methods and materials. We’ll also cover how to deal with the typical issues that can complicate a day of toproping: difficult cliff-top access, troublesome situations at the edge, awkward descent options, and other potential problems. To cover all topics, this class is best taken over two days.
Available 7 days a week. Please call 845-668-2030 to schedule a class.

Glacier Skills & Crevasse Rescue

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. This class can be taken in one day or spread out into two days.
Available 7 days a week. Please call 845-668-2030 to schedule a class.

Learn to Lead

Leading a climb from the ground up is an awesome responsibility that is equally rewarding. This intense three-day course will give you the skills and knowledge you’ll need to explore the cliff from the “sharp” end of the rope. We’ll cover a wide variety of topics and introduce a broad selection of scenarios, as leading is a lot more than just going up first and sticking in some gear. You’ll learn about assessing your party in relation to your objectives, route choices and decision-making on the lead, protecting the leader and the seconds, establishing anchors en route, efficient belay-station management, and planning for the descent. Efficiency and error correction play big roles in this course, and the responsibility of the leader lies in not underestimating the commitment being taken on. Before enrolling, participants should have completed the Top Rope Anchor course or similar experience, be comfortable setting up anchors using natural or fixed protection (trees, boulders, bolts) and have experience following and removing gear on traditional climbs. To cover all topics, this class is best taken over three days.
Available 7 days a week. Please call 845-668-2030 to schedule a class.

Self Rescue

A must for every climber, this course will teach you how to handle all sorts of unanticipated situations on the cliff, using the standard gear you already have on hand. Day one will feature close-to-the-ground practice sessions that will introduce a broad range of tricks and techniques, and day two will present rescue scenarios and problem-solving exercises on the cliff. You’ll learn how to anticipate and ultimately address a wide variety of the unexpected challenges we encounter in the vertical world.
Available 7 days a week. Please call 845-668-2030 to schedule a class.

Aid Climbing

Aid climbing puts us in some of the most spectacular positions imaginable. This course introduces the specialized equipment and teaches the fundamental techniques that allow us to venture beyond the limits of free climbing. We’ll cover climbing on aid – using nuts, pitons, hooks and etriers, as well as techniques for ascending the rope, cleaning pitches on aid, and simple hauling systems. Participants should have significant free-climbing experience, including some leading.
Available 7 days a week. Please call 845-668-2030 to schedule a class.

Rock Climbing in North Conway

You don’t have to travel far from the center of North Conway to find world class climbing. First timers to the Mt. Washington valley will notice two large cliffs jutting out from the valley floor to the west. Cathedral Ledge to the north and Whitehorse Ledge to the south are both located in Echo Lake State Park. These side-by-side cliffs offer 100’s of options to climbers at all levels of climbing from easy 5.5 routes such as Standard Route on Whitehorse to more challenging climbs on Cathedral Ledge like Thin Air (5.6) and Recompense (5.9). Whitehorse Ledge is mostly slab climbing except towards the upper part of the cliff. Whitehorse ledge is approximately 800 feet tall and offers climbers over 1,200 feet of climbing. A typical multi-pitch route on Whitehorse Ledge can be anywhere from 8 to 9 pitches at a rating of 5.5 to 5.8. While the difficulty of climbing varies, most would agree Whitehorse Ledge is a great area for beginners who are more comfortable on moderate angle slab rather than the steep vertical walls of Cathedral Ledge. Cathedral Ledge is approximately 500 feet tall and has a great viewing area at the top which can be accessed by an auto road. The Cathedral Ledge auto road winds up behind the cliff from the north end and is about .9 miles long. One of the most photographed and written about climbs on Cathedral Ledge is Thin Air (pictured on right). Thin Air is a 4 pitch route with a daring traverse on the second pitch which offers climbers a true adrenaline rush. Other famous routes on Cathedral Ledge are Fun House (5.7), Upper Refuse (5.6), and Recompense (5.9).

Our guides are all professionally trained according to American Mountain Guide (AMGA) standards. Not only are our guides AMGA trained, but our Climbing School is one of the few programs in the country to be accredited by the AMGA. Our equipment is checked and replaced on a regular basis, and we don’t charge you extra to use it. Programs are available year round and can be customized to meet your needs. Whether you’re training to climb Rainier or want to take the family rock climbing on your next vacation to the White Mountains; we can help you reach your goals.