Introductory Ice Climbs

Have 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)
 

Cost:

$300 private
$185 group of two
$150 group of three

All prices per person.

Equipment included.


Reserve

Intermediate Ice Climbs

Welcome to the vertical ice climbing world! If you have taken our Introductory Ice course or have ice climbing experience and want to improve and advance your technique and skills, this is a good course for you.

Your venues will be the steeper ice flows of New Hampshire and Vermont, which can prepare you for such classics as Cannon Cliff's The Black Dike, or Lake Willoughby's 20 Below Zero Gulley. As the frozen world steepens, moving decisively and efficiently becomes more important.

Climbing the steeper flows becomes a race against fatigue of the mind and body, therefor, Intermediate Ice features an emphasis on efficient ice climbing movement, and some of the more advanced ice tool and crampon techniques.

In addition to climbing mileage, a focal point of this course will be the placement and removal of ice screws and anchors, including the usage of V-threads for descending. This stepping stone of a course will teach you how the read the ice for safety and also possible resting locations.

If you are aspiring to climb some of the harder New England classics, consider Mooney Mountain Guide's Intermediate Ice course a valuable experience.

 

Dates:

Daily (December to March)


Cost:

$350 private
$200 group of two

All prices per person.

Equipment included.



Reserve

Advanced Guided Ice Climbs

If you have been climbing for a while but have never had the opportunity to climb one of the more challenging climbs of the Northeast such as Repentance, Remission, The Last Gentlemen, or The Black Dike, let us be the partner you've always lacked! This could be the chance you have been waiting for to bring your climbing game to the next level!

Climbing a route of this size and seriousness requires prior planning, and equipment preparation, a process that you will be involved in. After all, climbing safely in the winter demands more than muscle, but also mental prowess, and a keen 'mountain sense.' Climbing one of these bigger objective involves getting out of bed when it is still dark and getting that 'alpine start' which could be the difference between success and failure on the route.

If you want to climb one of the routes listed above, or if you have a specific route in mind, give us a holler. We would be pleased to assist you in realizing your ice climbing dreams and adventures.

Dates:

Daily (November to April)
 

Cost:

$400 private
$250 group of two

All prices per person.

Equipment Included.



Reserve

Group and Corporate Team Building Ice Course

At Mooney Mountain Guides we appreciate the value of a good ice climbing day in the mountains with friends and coworkers. Come enjoy wonderful, group friendly ice climbing venues such as Kinsman Notch and Rumney Rocks, in a supportive atmosphere with your team.

We can tailor the experience to achieve the specific outcomes or goals you wish to supply your particular group. Whether the focus is on building effective communication, trust, self-esteem, self-efficacy, or just breaking the ice and helping the team to flow better.  MMG can facilitate an adventure that will encourage people to 'climb to new heights', with the intention of applying newly learned skills to the corporate or everyday world.

Integral in the learning experience is over coming challenges; regardless of skill levels, we can supply your group with ice climbing objectives ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert.

Each of us requires different extremes of adversity to grow, and it is with this understanding that we exercise "challenge by choice," in a non-judgmental, and supportive environment. So join us for a chance to reach your potential and to get your team, family, or group functioning at a higher level, there's no better way to get out and enjoy the winter adventure wonderland!

Dates:

Daily (December to March)
 

Cost:

$440 (For a group or family of four)


Equipment included.

Reserve

Lake Willoughby Day or Overnight Trips

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.

Dates:

Daily (December to March)
 

Cost: 1 or 2 day options.

$500 private
$300 group of two

 

$950 private
$500 group of two

All prices per person.

Equipment included.

Reserve

The Black Dike a New England Classic

The Black Dike has become a measuring stick for many aspiring ice climbers. The Dike is a thin vein of thin yellow ice that forms in a deep recess centered on the 1000 ft tall Cannon Cliff. This spectacular ice climb is long and sustained involving steep ice climbing proficiency and mixed climbing prowess. Ice Conditions and the weather can vary widely. One should be ready for a climbing day in extreme weather with serious ice conditions in a wild alpine environment.

The Black Dike climb is a must do for experienced climbers and a next step for intermediate climbers who are comfortable on the longer steep ice climbs in the region.

MMG offers this guided ice climb as a single day climbing trip but due to the early start lodging in central NH is recommended. Cannon Cliff is located in Franconia Notch Region of NH. Our approach to the climb will require a (5:30AM) pre dawn start from Plymouth NH area. This early start gives the team the best possible chance of getting the required first go on the route. Call or email MMG to schedule this exciting climb!

Dates:

Daily (December to March)
 

Cost:

$400 private
$250 group of two

All prices per person.

Equipment included.

Reserve

How to Prepare

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.