New England Winter Climbing with International Mountain Guides
The White Mountains of New Hampshire are the birthplace of mountaineering and ice climbing in the United States. Winter brings extreme conditions to the steep terrain including abundant snowfall and cold temperatures comparable to Denali, making it a perfect training ground for future expeditions. We offer a variety of programs ranging from steep and exciting ice climbing to instructional trips targeted at future Denali or Mt. Rainier climbers.
While these programs are suited for novice climbers, they are all strenuous in nature. All participants must be in excellent physical condition, ready to travel through deep snow and carry a heavy pack in harsh weather. For several months prior to the start of the seminar, training should include many long, slow runs or hikes over hilly terrain, an hour or more in duration. Add additional weekend outings carrying a heavy pack (up to 60 lbs.) up steep hills or stairs, ideally gaining 3,000 feet over three or more miles. Aim to move consistently at a moderate pace, with breaks approximately every hour.
You are responsible for your own lodging on all nights except the camping night on Mt. Washington. There are several hotels in North Conway and surrounding towns, as well as Airbnb's and VRBO's. Participants are encouraged to stay at the Cranmore Mountain Lodge. This classic B & B, built in the 1800's, is located away from the busy roads and traffic noise, yet just a few minutes to North Conway Village's numerous restaurants and shops. The team will use the Lodge as a meeting/gathering place. Climbers registered on IMG programs receive a code for a 10% discount when booking their lodging online, contact Cranmore Lodge directly for details.
Due to the variable nature of mountaineering, return time can vary significantly. If you are spending the night in North Conway, don't forget to make a lodging reservation for the last night of the program. We do not recommend attempting to fly out of Boston the same day you get down from the climb, as the driving time can be extended significantly due to frequent inclement weather.