Top three reasons to go Mountaineering in New Hampshire
Conquer one or more of New Hampshire’s legendary 4k footers
Ascend routes appropriate for both beginners and hardcore enthusiasts
Take in the Granite State’s stunning snowy vistas and mesmerizing wilderness
At first glance, mountaineering in New Hampshire is no different than doing it anywhere else in the world. You pack your handy crampons and ice ax and traverse, scramble, and rock and ice climb up a snow-capped mountain, ready to admire the vistas from above. However, what sets the Granite State apart from the competition is the ludicrous route density—this tiny state houses 48 4,000 foot mountains! And it’s not only about the quantity—New Hampshire boasts some of the highest quality climbs in the American Northeast. The Presidentials and the numerous ranges in the White Mountains offer hundreds of engaging alpine trails on world-class rock, snow, and ice for newcomers and seasoned mountaineers alike. To top it all off, the winters here are long and the conditions are ideal for mountaineering, so you get to sneak in as many summit attempts as you want!
November through April
Portland, ME, is just an hour and a half away
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Standard Day of Mountaineering in New Hampshire
Check off some of New Hampshire’s 48 4,000 footers from your bucket list with this exciting mountaineering day tour! Let your experienced local guide take you through some of the greatest and most beautiful routes in the Presidentials, the Carter-Moriah range, Willey Range, and many more. From newcomers to master mountaineers, everyone will find a route they love here!
Difficult Access Mountaineering Day in New Hampshire
Whether you’re new to mountaineering or just want to see the best that the Northeast has to offer, you can’t go wrong with this tour! Put on your crampons and explore some of New Hampshire’s more difficult-to-access mountaineering locations, such as Owl’s Head, Bondcliff Mountain, and the North and South Twin Mountains. Your seasoned local guide will help you pick out the perfect route for your alpine adventure!
Meet your guide
AMGA Certified Guides
Spend a day with Coby from NEM to improve my climbing skills. I couldn’t have asked for a better guide to spend the day with.
I’ve been involved with Northeast Mountaineering for several years as a client in need of outdoor adventure beyond my skills. It all started with a conversation about climbing Mt Washington in the winter because the Mt. Rainer trip that I had planned fell through. Even though I couldn’t make the Mt. Washington trip happen, I contacted them a year later to see if they could schedule any Northwest trips. After discussing all the details with Corey for the trip, my first trip to climb in Washington state was booked and a success. Since then, I have climbed numerous locations with them, from Mt, Rainier to international locations to ice climbing in New Hampshire. Each trip they demonstrate their professionalism before, during, and after the trip. Communication, hospitality, and professionalism is what I look for as a client and Northeast Mountaineering has never let me down! They have adjusted to changes in the Itinerary, accommodated my needs as a client during the trip, and provided some great knowledge and excitement along the way. I will continue to use them as a guide service because of the unique talent and specialization they provide.
Things to know
Covid measures in New Hampshire
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in New Hampshire, please refer to New Hampshire’s COVID-19 guidelines for out-of-state visitors.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local mountaineering guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A full day of mountaineering
- Transportation from Glen to the trailhead and back
What’s not included:
- Transportation to Glen, NH
- Accommodations (available at the guide’s Bunkhouse in Glen, NH)
- Technical climbing equipment
- Food and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
The best thing about mountaineering in New Hampshire is that you don’t need any prior experience to participate. The 4k footer mountaineering tours are designed for participants of all ages and experience levels, and your guides will do their best to find a trail that suits your fitness and experience levels. However, keep in mind that many of the tours are strenuous, taking from 8 to 12 hours to complete, and you’ll need to be in decent shape to attempt them. Also, the weather above the treeline can be extreme and you should be prepared for exposure to high winds and arctic temperatures. Your guides will work hard to ensure your safety, teach you the necessary skills and keep the excitement level high!
What if I’ve never mountaineered before?
For this mountaineering tour, no prior experience is necessary. If you’re new to the sport, your guide will help teach you essential mountaineering skills, such as crampon techniques for ascending, descending, and slow travel, basic self-arrest and rappelling techniques, etc. If you’re a seasoned mountaineer, a guide will help you meet your individual objectives. Above all, your instructor’s number one priority is your safety.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Day pack with waist strap (around a 30-40L bag)
- Ice ax
- Warm hat
- Buff or neck gaiter
- Ball hat or sun hat
- Lightweight gloves
- Medium weight gloves
- Heavy insulated mittens
- Light insulating layer or softshell top
- Hardshell jacket with hood
- Insulated parka
- Climbing pants
- Hardshell pants
- Mountaineering boots
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
Most of the required equipment can be rented from your guide’s affiliate at a 20% discount. If you need to rent any equipment, contact us to make arrangements.
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For this private adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 4:1.
- The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to mountaineer with friends and family!
Mountaineering in New Hampshire can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the tour on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has mountaineers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Glen, NH, where the tours begin, most people fly into Portland International Jetport. From there, you can rent a car and take a 2-hour drive to Glen, or take a bus to Naples American Legion and take a taxi, which will take you around 2h15min total.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide’s Bunkhouse in Glen, NH, or another predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.