Women’s Winter Programs

  • Intro to Ice climbing

    NH has some of the best ice climbing in the world.  An average level of fitness is all you need to kick and swing your way up frozen waterfalls.  We will provide all the technical gear and instruction you need.  Areas include Kinsman Notch, Crawford Notch and Franconia Notch.
    February 23, 2020
  • Winter Huntington’s Ravine Technical Climb

    Climb one of the dramatic ravines led by qualified guides.  This is a great way to prepare for bigger mountaineering objectives like Baker, Rainier or Denali.  Skills covered will include traveling in crampons on steep snow slopes and low angle ice, roped travel, use of anchor systems.  In order to participate, you must have some prior experience with rock climbing, indoors or outdoors, AND experience hiking on snow.  You should also have a good level of fitness as this is a long day.  Ratio 3:1
    Date: March 14, 2020
    Rain Date: March 22, 2020
  • Intro to Alpine Mountaineering

    Learn different methods and skills for moving up and down in technical terrain.  This course is a great precursor to a winter ascent of the gullies in Huntington’s Ravine or bigger objectives like Mt. Baker or Rainier. We will cover crampon technique, mountaineering ax use, moving on steep terrain, moving on a rope team, lead belaying techniques and use of different snow and ice anchors.  3:1 ratio of climbers to guide.
  • Intro to Alpine/Winter Hiking

    Step out of the classroom and into the elements.  Learn the skills from qualified guides to travel above treeline in the mountains of NH in wintertime.   Skills taught will be gear needed, packing, temperature regulation, use of crampons and/or snowshoes, layering systems, fueling and hydration strategies, navigation strategies above tree line, efficient movement.  Ratio 6:1.

  • Winter Backpacking and Camping

    You can actually be warm and quite comfortable camping in winter.  It is beautiful and way less crowded than in the summer. However, camp craft and self care are a whole different animal in winter conditions.  Learn about necessary winter gear, how to pack, what to wear, backcountry cooking, campsite selection and construction.  Pair camping with a 2 or 3 day tour of the trails in the White Mountains for an unforgettable winter experience.