Introductory Ice ClimbsHave you ever looked at a frozen waterfall and wanted to climb on it? Do you ever have the urge to swing an ice axe, or kick steps in a frozen landscape wearing some flashy crampons? Looking to break the hibernation this season?
This is what winter is all about here in New Hampshire, climbing on exquisitely beautiful ice formations, getting to play with high-tech tools, and enjoying the pristine winter landscape.
Let Mooney Mountain Guides show you the ropes with our Introductory Ice course aimed at teaching you the skills required to move fluently over a variety ice formations. During this one or two day course we will discuss and practice crampon and ice tool techniques, ice protection, belaying, and rope management.
Dates:Daily (December to March)
$185 group of two
$150 group of three
All prices per person.
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 eastern United States like Lake Willoughby.
The Lake is located in Vermonts Northeast Kingdom in a spectacular setting. The cliffs of Mt Pisgah rise up for hundreds of feet from the narrow fiord like valley that cradles the deepest lake in Vermont. These sheer rock walls are plastered with ice columns up to 500 feet high.
On MMG’s one and two day steep ice climbing trip we will ascend of a few of the Lakes challenging multi pitch ice climbs. The climbs are steep and long, the weather can be cold and windy, the wind chills can be extreme.
If we get lucky and climb on a sunny windless day, the ice may turn plastic and we will be bathed in the afternoon sunshine – perfect conditions!
This is the place to climb if you are looking for the longer, more challenging steep ice routes in the northeast.
$300 group of two
$500 group of two
All prices per person.
To ice climb in the mountain environments of the Northeast, one must be prepared. Assembling the necessary gear is an essential step in achieving your goals.
Mooney Mountain Guides provides all the technical gear for it’s ice climbing courses and guided climbs. This includes: boots, crampons, ice axes, ropes, and harnesses.
Guests climbing with MMG are required to provide their own personal gear. This includes: clothing, food, water, backpack, gloves, mittens, and balaclava. To see an exact gear list click here.