Mount Washington Winter Ascent
A one-day journey into the arctic is what’s in store on this trip. Our route will take us up toward Tuckerman and Huntington Ravine where we will then climb the wooded ridge of Lion’s Head, breaking out above tree line. Twelve Hundred vertical feet later you’ll be standing on top of New England. Although physically demanding, no previous winter climbing experience is necessary.
Maximum Ratio 5:1
Northern Presidential Hut Traverse
Using the Randolf Mountain Club’s Grey Knob or Crag Camp huts located on the shoulder of Mount Adams we’ll attempt a traverse of the Northern Presidentials. The hut will allow us to travel lighter and increase comfort at night while still enjoying the mountaineering challenge of traversing the Northern Presidentials. We will attempt to traverse from Mount Madison to Mount Washington and finish at the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitors Center.
Max Ratio 5:1
2 Days 1 Night
Two-Day Mountaineering Course
This two-day course is for people who have little or no experience with crampons or ice axe. Previous technical climbing experience is not necessary. If you are interested in above tree line winter hiking, skiing the steeps, or climbing volcanoes like those in the Cascades or Mexico, this curriculum will focus on climbing techniques that are often needed for these trips.
We start by covering the basics of crampon and ice axe use on the first day at Willey’s Slide in Crawford Notch. Our second day we will climb in either Huntington or Tuckerman Ravine where we will learn more about snow and ice climbing as well as avalanche awareness and if time permits make a summit attempt.
Maximum Ratio 3:1
Three Day Mountaineering Course
A three-day one-night course that combines the Two Day Mountaineering Course with a night learning winter camping skills. We start by covering the basics of crampon and ice axe use on the first day. Our second day we travel to either Huntington or Tuckerman Ravine where we will learn more about snow and ice climbing as well as avalanche awareness. The last day we will attempt to summit Mount Washington via a climb of a gully in one of these great ravines. A super way to get started in winter mountaineering.
Maximum ratio 3:1
3 Days 1 Night
Advanced Mountaineering Course
Ultra-light packing techniques along with efficient movement skills, are the key to success. This course combines waterfall ice techniques with a night out to show you how it’s done. Our first morning will be spent food planning and learning minimal packing techniques. In the afternoon we will depart for a climb with a bivouac. The second day we finish the climb and then descend back to the car. Ice climbing experience and a high level of fitness are a must for this course.
Maximum Ratio 2:1
2 Days 1 Night
A three day expedition across the arctic-like Presidential Range. Often used as training for the larger peaks, this trip is no practice session. What makes this trip so seemingly innocent is its accessibility, convenient it may be, but no less difficult. If you want an adventure packed three-day weekend, this trip is for you. Previous winter camping experience and basic use of crampons and ice axe are a must.
Maximum Ratio 5:1
3 Days 2 Nights