Climbing Venues

Summer

Rumney

New Hampshire

Rumney Rocks – Located on the southern edge of the White Mountain National Forest in Rumney, NH, this venue encompasses about 30 crags and over 700 established climbing routes.  While the bulk of the climbing is sport, there are also over 250 bolder problems and many, mostly older, trad routes. The climbing is diverse and well suited for the first timer to the high end project seeker. The rock encompasses mostly schist which provides excellent well defined holds in a stunning variety of sequences.

Franconia Notch

New Hampshire

The rock climbing includes the classic lines on Cannon Cliff, the short trad routes of Echo Crag, the easy access Artist’s Bluff and the alpine routes on Eagle Cliff including the Eaglet, New Hampshire’s only free standing spire.  The climbing ranges from easy/moderate top roping to long multi-pitch ascents. Rock Climbing here on the exceptional alpine rock will probably have you planning your next adventure before you reach the car.

Mt. Washington & The Presidential Range

New Hampshire

Mt. Washington & The Presidential Range comprise the most expansive and continuous alpine terrain in the east. Home to classic rock climbing in Huntington’s Ravine, world class hiking to high summits, and three high huts. The higher elevations keep temperatures cooler during the summer months, a great way to beat the heat. Summit Mt. Washington, rock climb Pinnacle Buttress, or complete a Presidential Traverse.

Whitehorse Ledge

North Conway, New Hampshire

Whitehorse Ledge – Just minutes from N. Conway and named after a white water streak resembling an image of a horse (no longer visible) is perhaps best well known for the sea of perfect granite known as “the slabs”. This 1200′ tall monolith is a wonderful place for a guided day and is accessible to a total beginner. Not to be overlooked, the spectacular South Buttress is home to such classics as Loose Lips 5.10, Atlantis 5.10, Inferno 5.8, Hotter than Hell 5.9+, and Tranquility 5.10. Best in early and late season due to is SE aspect, these are classic spectacular and exciting rock climbs.

Cathedral Ledge

North Conway, New Hampshire

Cathedral Ledge – Just Minutes from N. Conway village, Cathedral Ledge is known for its impeccable granite. Classic climbs like Bombardment 5.8, Funhouse 5.7, Upper Refuse 5.5, Recompense 5.9, Thin Air 5.6, and the cracks of the North End at 5.7 and up help set the standards for rock climbing in the United States. With something for everyone, rock climbing on Cathedral Ledge is a must do for all north east climbers.

Winter

Mt. Washington & The Presidential Range

New Hampshire

Mount Washington & The Presidential Range – Ice Climbing, Alpine Climbing, and Ski Mountaineering: The infamous Mt. Washington and the surrounding alpine peaks are known for their extreme weather. In the winter months the winds average around 50 mph with many days topping hurricane force. Temperatures average in the low teens and can easily drop below 0 deg F with the current record being -47 deg F set in 1934. These little mountains provide a big mountain experience that is easily accessible for the new mountaineer and the world class climber alike.

For the classic mountaineer, a winter summit of Mt. Washington via any of its world class routes is a quiver in the cap. For the alpine climber, the terrain of Huntington Ravine is the most popular, however, the 25 mile long range has much more offer. The skier does not have to battle the crowds in Tuckerman Ravine in the spring. Excellent skiing can be found January – April throughout the entire range.

A winter Presidential Range Traverse maybe the most sought after objective in the east. A route such as this requires knowledge, skill, preparation, and deep respect of the reality of traveling in such a harsh environment. Completing this objective can be a transforming experience, opening up a world of future alpine adventures.

Lake Willoughby

New Hampshire

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 east like it with its 500′ columns towering over the lake.

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

The lake is best experienced with a two day trip where you will ascend of a few of the Lakes challenging multi pitch ice climbs.

Crawford Notch

New Hampshire

Crawford Notch is known for its great ice scattered throughout its length that include Mt. Willard, Willey Slide, Frankenstein Cliff and Mt Webster’s classic alpine route Shoestring Gully.  These areas include a vast variety of routes from single pitch to several pitch all day ascents giving many days worth of challenges for the first-time climber or the seasoned veteran.

Franconia Notch

New Hampshire

Franconia Notch – Ice Climbing in the notch includes some of the most sought after routes in the Northeast. The classic alpine routes, The Black Dike and Fafnir, are known throughout the ice climbing world for their rugged adventure. The short steep routes in The Flume and the variety of Echo Crag to the numerous other flows in the area provide lots of opportunities for your day or multi-day outing.

The Alpine Climbing classics in the notch include the Franconia Ridge Traverse, Lincoln’s Throat, and The Whitney-Gilman Ridge. Many other lesser known objectives provide suburb winter mountaineering opportunities for the Northeast climber.

Rumney Rocks

New Hampshire

Rumney provides a short season of very good ice.  The southerly aspect of the hillside provides the solar energy needed to keep the water flowing and with some cold nights and days, ice builds up in several areas giving some easy access ice from grades I-II to grade V.

Back Country Skiing

New Hampshire

Back Country Skiing – New Hampshire has a lifetime of backcountry skiing, touring, and ski mountaineering hidden in the hills. With advances in ski technology, the sport is experiencing a renaissance in the north east. From mellow terrain for the intermediate skier, to powder filled tree lines, and thrilling gullies, there is something to ski almost every day throughout the season. 

Skiing a secret ski line, NH

Other Destinations

Acadia National Park

Maine

Less than a day’s drive from Boston, Acadia National Park, located on Mount Desert Island in Maine, bestows some of the most scenic rock climbing this side of the Mississippi River. Seaside venues like the famous Otter Cliffs, or the beautiful longer routes on the Precipice offer impeccable granite climbing with ocean views.  Comfortable camping in the park or lodging in Bar Harbor provide close access to the climbing. These elements pair with cool ocean breezes and come together to create the idyllic summer rock climbing vacation. Open to all ability levels. Two or three day trips recommended to experience the best of what Acadia has to offer

Red Rock, Nevada

Nevada

Red Rock National Conservation Area is a series of ten canyons weathered out of a 3,000 foot thick escarpment of Aztec Sandstone. There are 2,000 foot long 5.5 – 5.12 routes and short inspiring sport climbs all 10 minutes from your hotel. Part of what makes the climbing here so special is the layer of desert varnish that covers much of the sand stone. This varnish creates edges and features (AKA awesome holds) everywhere, allowing for massive features climbable at moderate grades.

We work exclusively with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides to access this superb landscape.

Northwest

U.S.

Beginning in Mid June, MMG begins its Pacific Northwest climbing season. Early season is particularly attractive to climbers from the northeast due to a wide variety of climbing styles available during this time of year. Climbing on the Glaciated peaks of the North West is a breath taking experience that you will never forget.

Trips Scheduled on a Custom Basis:

3 Day Introductory to Glaciated Mountaineering – $1200 Private $900 group up to 6

2 Day Guided Ascents of Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan – $1200

2 Day Guided Ascents of the North Ridge Mt. Baker – $1200