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  • Discover the joy of ice climbing with the help of your professional guide and learn how to ascend the frozen structures that New Hampshire has to offer. Learn the proper climbing techniques and how to belay and move on to the multi-pitch routes once you get the hang of the basics. Your guide will tailor a perfect ice climbing adventure for you. This thrilling 2-day adventure is ideal for anyone wishing to gain an insight into what ice climbing is all about!

        • Ice climbing equipment and techniques
        • Body movements and posture
        • Proper techniques for swinging and utilizing ice tools
        • Proper belaying techniques for top rope sites and following a leader
        • Ice protection and cleaning to follow

      If you are new to ice climbing, your guide will make sure to go slow and help you learn all the basics one step at a time before moving on to the more complicated techniques and movements. If you already have some experience on ice, your guide will evaluate your skills and make suggestions on how to improve and upgrade them. You will face bigger challenges and get a hang of some more complicated movements and techniques. Your guide will always make sure to take you on an ice route that best fits your skill and comfort level.

    • 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, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in New Hampshire, please refer to the New Hampshire COVID-19 Response Website.

      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 guide with extensive knowledge of the area
        • One to three days of ice climbing depending on your chosen itinerary

      What’s not included:

        • Technical climbing equipment (can be rented from your guiding service)
        • Transportation before, during and after the adventure
        • Accommodations
        • Meals and snacks
        • Pro-photo packages for Intro to Ice Climbing
    • If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Ice climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up ice formations using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.

    • New Hampshire has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the rocks to ice climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the ice formations, and most importantly, have fun!

      For intermediate to advanced climbers, New Hampshire has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while ice climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.

      Note: For climbs in Huntington Ravine and Cannon Cliff, your guide requires that you have climbed with them before and are proficient at following WI4. These routes can be climbed during the 3-day Ice Climbing Adventure and Full Day of Ice Climbing for Intermediate to Advanced Climbers.

    • All technical climbing equipment is available for rent from your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:

        • Helmet
        • Harness
        • Crampons (10-12 point)
        • Ice Axes
        • Mountaineering boots

      Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

        • Pack with a waist strap large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 30-40L bag)
        • Wool or synthetic warm hat
        • Ball hat/sun hat — optional
        • Lightweight fleece gloves
        • Wind/water resistant insulated medium-weight mountain gloves
        • Wind/water resistant heavy insulated mittens
        • Long sleeve wool or synthetic base layer top
        • Light insulating fleece layer/soft shell top
        • Wind and waterproof hard shell jacket with a hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
        • Insulated parka
        • Synthetic climbing pants (for most adventures snow pants will suffice)
        • Wind and waterproof hard shell pants
        • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
        • Knee-length pair of gaiters
        • Headlamp
        • Buff/neck gaiter
        • Water bottle (2L of water)
        • Food you can eat on-the-go
        • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
        • Sunglasses
        • Camera — optional

      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 prices:

        • The usual guest to guide ratio for Intro to Ice Climbing is 4:1.
        • The usual guest to guide ratio for the multi-day adventures and a Full Day of Ice Climbing For Ice Climbers with Previous Experience is 2:1.
        • Costs per person decrease as the group grows for all the adventures, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.

      Ice climbing days in New Hampshire can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

      Min. age requirements:

        • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
        • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

      If your group has ice climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

    • To get to your meeting location in New Hampshire, most people fly into Portland International Jetport in Maine 1.5 hours from The Bunkhouse at Northeast Mountaineering in Glen, NH. From there, you can rent a car or take a bus and a taxi.

      Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, you’ll meet your guide at the Bunkhouse at Northeast Mountaineering in Glen. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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