For many, the High Alpine represents the pinnacle of climbing. To climb successfully in the Alpine, one undertakes a life long practice of every climbing skill; rock, ice, steep snow, glacier, backpacking, navigation, etc. Climbing in the Alpine is not only a physical and mental challenge, but a spiritual journey through the boundaries of human existence.
Mooney Mountain Guides offers guided ascents of alpine climbing objectives year round in New Hampshire, June & July in the Cascades of Washington State. If you are looking for a one day introduction, a guided climb, or multi-day adventure, our guides can provide the experience you have been dreaming of. Every successful summit begins with a single step. Join us.
- Shoestring Gully, Mt. Webster NH
- Pinnacle Gully, Mt. Washington NH
- Damnation Gully/Buttress, Mt. Washington NH
- North Ridge, Mt. Baker WA
- Fisher Chimneys, Mt. Shuksan WA
Introduction to Alpine Climbing
Learn different methods and skills for moving up and down in technical winter terrain. This course is a great precursor to a guided winter ascent of the gullies in Huntington’s Ravine or bigger objectives like Mt. Baker or Mt. Rainer. We will cover crampon technique, mountaineering axe use. moving on steep terrain, moving on a rope team, lead belaying and a variety of snow and ice anchors.
This is a private guided day. You will meet your guide to check essential gear. We will climb up to Willies Slide where we will learn and practice alpine climbing techniques. Weather and conditions permitting we will ascend and descend a few pitches of the slide.
Mt. Washington Ascent: 6,288’
Mt. Washington is without a doubt the most sought after and recognized peak in New Hampshire. Climbing Mt. Washington with MMG is a truly awesome experience you will remember. With arctic temperatures, record setting winds, frequent whiteouts, and deep snowpack, this mountain provides a challenge for everyone.
You and your guide will meet early to check essential gear. As you ascend you will hone winter travel techniques. Arriving above tree-line will put your skills into practice as you make your way to the top. On a clear day the summit treats you to a 360-degree view of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Canada. And the day isn’t over; the descent can sometimes be more challenging than the ascent.
Depending on the objective we can accommodate groups up to six for alpine climbs and groups up to nine for Mt. Washington Ascents. Guided summit climbs on Mt. Washington & Mt. Baker, along with introductory & intermediate courses on alpine climbing techniques are just a few options that may be the perfect fit for your group. We work hard to create a light and fun atmosphere while focusing on team work to achieve the days objective.
Private customization of your trip is what we do best. If you prefer a scheduled course or climb, check out our “Courses” page or get in touch for more information.