Rock Climbing


The White Mountains are synonymous with east coast climbing. From our home base in North Conway we have access to some of the best, and most famous climbing areas in the world. Variety of terrain, easy access to challenging climbing routes, and beautiful landscapes are but a few reason why many well known climbers now call the White Mountains their home.

Climbing Whitehorse Ledge looking at Cathedral Ledge to the North

Classes are available on select dates, or hire a guide for a private lesson or day of guided climbing on a day of your own choosing. Climbing season in North Conway usually starts in late April and goes through late November. Group classes require a minimum enrollment of 2 people. Private lessons are available any day of the week and are guaranteed to run given favorable weather conditions. If you have a limited schedule we recommend booking privately.

Course Length Cost (pp) Skill Level Dates
Private Climbing one day + click for rates basic to adv.
Rock Fast Track two days $280 basic
Rock Climbing 101 one day $150 basic
Rock Climbing 201 one day $150 intermediate
Rock Climbing 202 one day $150 intermediate
Advanced Climbing one day + click for rates advanced
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) three days/ two days click for rates advanced

Rock Climbing in North Conway

You don’t have to travel far from the center of North Conway to find world class climbing. First timers to the Mt. Washington valley will notice two large cliffs jutting out from the valley floor to the west. Cathedral Ledge to the north and Whitehorse Ledge to the south are both located in Echo Lake State Park. These side-by-side cliffs offer 100′s of options to climbers at all levels of climbing from easy 5.5 routes such as Standard Route on Whitehorse to more challenging climbs on Cathedral Ledge like Thin Air (5.6) and Recompense (5.9). Whitehorse Ledge is mostly slab climbing except towards the upper part of the cliff. Whitehorse ledge is approximately 800 feet tall and offers climbers over 1,200 feet of climbing. A typical multi-pitch route on Whitehorse Ledge can be anywhere from 8 to 9 pitches at a rating of 5.5 to 5.8. While the difficulty of climbing vary’s, most would agree Whitehorse Ledge is a great area for beginners who are more comfortable on moderate angle slab rather than the steep vertical walls of Cathedral Ledge. Cathedral Ledge is approximately 500 feet tall and has a great viewing area at the top which can be accessed by an auto road. The Cathedral Ledge auto road winds up behind the cliff from the north end and is about .9 miles long. One of the most photographed and written about climbs on Cathedral Ledge is Thin Air (pictured on right). Thin Air is a 4 pitch route with a daring traverse on the second pitch which offers climbers a true adrenaline rush. Other famous routes on Cathedral Ledge are Fun House (5.7), Upper Refuse (5.6), and Recompense (5.9).

Our guides are all professionally trained and American Mountain Guide (AMGA) Certified. Not only are our guides AMGA certified, but our Climbing School is one of the few programs in the country to be Accredited by the AMGA. Our equipment is checked and replaced on a regular bases, and we don’t charge you extra to use it. Programs are available year round and can be customized to meet your needs. Whether you’re training to climb Rainier or want to take the family rock climbing on your next vacation to the White Mountains; we can help you reach your goals.