Introductory Ice Climbing

This is what winter is all about here in New Hampshire, climbing on exquisitely beautiful ice formations, getting to play with high-tech tools, and enjoying the pristine winter landscape.

Prepare to watch yourself climb steeper taller ice than you ever expected. Our focus is on getting you climbing while teaching about gear, knots, belaying and movement on ice that is needed for a safe fun day. Individuals new to the sport or with limited experience will enjoy learning from our professional guides who take the time to cater to you. We take the pressure off of trying something new by keeping the atmosphere lite and fun. 

Dates:

Daily (December to March)
 

Cost:

$350 private
$225 group of two
$175 group of three

All prices per person.

Equipment included.


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Guided Ice Climbing

Our most common guided day. Designed around your skills, goals and objectives. Our guides are here to build your own personal adventure; multi-pitch climbs, steep ice movement, mixed climbing, learn to lead, self rescue, or just a fun day top-roping somewhere new are just a few of the options available. Get in touch, we look forward to planning your next climbing trip. Welcome to the vertical ice climbing world! If you have taken our Introductory Ice course or have ice climbing experience and want to improve and advance your technique and skills, this is a good course for you.

Dates: Daily November - March

Cost: $400 Private; $250 Group of two; $200 Group of three: prices per person with equipment included.

Advanced Ice Objectives

Advanced ice climbs are serious undertakings that require advanced movement skills, keen mountain sense, and a high degree of planning and preparation. Previous experience with MMG required. Some area classics include: The Black Dike Cannon NH, The Last Gentleman Lake Willoughby VT, Repentance Cathedral Ledge NH. 

Dates: Daily November to March 

Cost: $450 Private; $300 Group of two; prices per person equipment included.

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Group Ice Climbing

Specifically set up for families and groups of 4-10 climbers. MMG provides the guides, gear, and support to have an excellent climbing day. Climbers from beginner to advanced are welcome. 

MMG has hosted many groups for their day: Nature Girls, NH Woman's Hiking Group, iRobot, Thermacell, Dartmouth College, Brown University, Boy Scouts, Navy Academy. 

Dates:

Daily (December to March)
 

Cost:

$150 group of 4 or 5

$125 group of 6 or more


Equipment included.

Reserve

Lake Willoughby Day or Overnight Trips

Lake Willoughby is one of the finest steep waterfall ice climbing areas in the United States. In terms of sheer volume of vertical ice there is no place in the eastern United States like Lake Willoughby.

The Lake is located in Vermonts Northeast Kingdom in a spectacular setting. The cliffs of Mt Pisgah rise up for hundreds of feet from the narrow fiord like valley that cradles the deepest lake in Vermont. These sheer rock walls are plastered with ice columns up to 500 feet high.

On MMG’s one and two day steep ice climbing trip we will ascend of a few of the Lakes challenging multi pitch ice climbs. The climbs are steep and long, the weather can be cold and windy, the wind chills can be extreme.

If we get lucky and climb on a sunny windless day, the ice may turn plastic and we will be bathed in the afternoon sunshine – perfect conditions!

This is the place to climb if you are looking for the longer, more challenging steep ice routes in the northeast.

Dates:

Daily (December to March)
 

Cost: 1 or 2 day options.

$450 private
$300 group of two

 

$850 private
$750 group of two

All prices per person.

Equipment included.

Reserve

The Black Dike a New England Classic

The Black Dike has become a measuring stick for many aspiring ice climbers. The Dike is a thin vein of thin yellow ice that forms in a deep recess centered on the 1000 ft tall Cannon Cliff. This spectacular ice climb is long and sustained involving steep ice climbing proficiency and mixed climbing prowess. Ice Conditions and the weather can vary widely. One should be ready for a climbing day in extreme weather with serious ice conditions in a wild alpine environment.

The Black Dike climb is a must do for experienced climbers and a next step for intermediate climbers who are comfortable on the longer steep ice climbs in the region.

MMG offers this guided ice climb as a single day climbing trip but due to the early start lodging in central NH is recommended. Cannon Cliff is located in Franconia Notch Region of NH. Our approach to the climb will require a (5:30AM) pre dawn start from Plymouth NH area. This early start gives the team the best possible chance of getting the required first go on the route. Call or email MMG to schedule this exciting climb!

Dates:

Daily (December to March)
 

Cost:

$450 private
$300 group of two

All prices per person.

Equipment included.

Reserve

How to Prepare

To ice climb in the mountain environments of the Northeast, one must be prepared. Assembling the necessary gear is an essential step in achieving your goals.

Mooney Mountain Guides provides all the technical gear for it’s ice climbing courses and guided climbs. This includes: boots, crampons, ice axes, ropes, and harnesses.

Guests climbing with MMG are required to provide their own personal gear. This includes: clothing, food, water, backpack, gloves, mittens, and balaclava. To see an exact gear list click here.