Alpine Mountaineering Course Weekend - New Hampshire

As of Jan. 11th, the course is full.  If a spot opens up, I will notify the RSVP list of the opening.


Alpine Mountaineering Course Weekend - New Hampshire

Ever wanted to know how to hold the ice axe for self-arrest?   or how to use crampons, or rope-off, or climb a steep section of snow and ice?

On Feb. 2nd and 3rd, Hiking and Nature will hold two days of guide-based instruction on beginner, intermediate, and advanced mountaineering skills and technique.


Courses will be based on the EMS courses and lead by the EMS instructors:

(see links for complete information)

Winter Climbing 101 - Basic Mountaineering and Ice Climbing Skills

Mountaineering 201 - Intermediate Mountaineering Skills

Glacier Skills and Crevasse Rescue

You have the option of taking the the first two classes above, or the last two.  This allows for skill building for all levels.

Gear to be provided by the guide service (EMS Schools): Helmet, harness, double boots, crampons, & ice axe.  See gear lists on the links above.

Courses include:

- Basic rock and ice climbing

- Proper use of Ice Axes & Crampons

- Protection systems of roping off and belay methods

- Self-rescue

- Advanced techniques

Completion of this course makes you eligible for the Gully Climbs of Tuckermans Ravine later in Feb.


Cost: With a minimum of 12 people, group rate will be $200 per person for two days of instruction.


The Plan

Friday, Feb. 1: We'll leave NYC early on Friday (3:00 pm) and drive to North Conway NH, and stay at the Conway Hostel.

Saturday, Feb 2: Start out early and arrive at the guide service offices to fit gear an go to the mountain. The lessons will be an 8-hour day of skills and practice. Most will go over basic rock, ice and snow technique on the first day.  Advanced climbers will attend Mountaineering 201 level instruction.

Group dinner at the hostel.

Sunday, Oct 7: Start out early and begin the second day of instruction.  Learning belay methods, rope handling, and alpine climbing technique. Advanced climbers will attend Glacier and Crevasse skills practice.

We'll wrap up by 4:30 and be on the road by 5 back in NYC by 10 or 11pm.

How to Get a Spot:
- RSVP YES and the Organizer will send instructions for payment. Reservations will be by payment only, the guide services only reserve through full payment.

Please  Note:
You should have basic winter gear for climbing, skiing or snowboarding.  You should expect to be out in very cold winter weather for at least 9-hours each day. See the gear lists on the class links above.

The Whites can have harsh extremes in temps.  Be prepared for 0 degree weather or colder.

We'll keep an eye on weather as the dates get closer.

Group Costs:

Lessons: $200

Lodging: $40

Group Dinner: $10 -$15

Transportation costs: Please pay the driver for tolls and gas.


Liability Waiver

You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand the below.

If you join us for this hike, please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness, well-being and safety and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. The organizer will only provide a meeting place for hikers who wish to attend. It is your responsibility to research the event, know the area, bring the proper gear and have the skills necessary to return to the staring point safely. You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event.

Your attendance on a hike signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver.

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  • Kiran

    It was great meeting everyone! Thanks Kennedy for organizing this! Looking forward to more hikes in the future

    February 5, 2013

  • Amy

    It was great meeting everyone! I had an amazing weekend. Can't wait to see pics. :)

    February 4, 2013

  • Sagar

    Hi Kiran, Do you have a space for one person in your car.

    January 26, 2013

    • Kiran

      Hi Sagar, as of now I'm driving alone so you are more than welcome to ride with me! I will be leaving from Morristown, NJ around 3:30-4PM. Please give me a call at[masked] so we can workout a pickup location

      January 27, 2013

  • Amy

    Folks, would anyone have space in their car? Thanks!

    January 23, 2013

    • Jessica

      I'm planning to rent a car. I would leave Midtown (56th & 6th) around 2pm and on the return could easily drop people in Astoria, LIC or Midtown East (60th & Lex - near the 4,5,6,N,R,Q,F trains).

      January 23, 2013

    • Igor

      I have a space in the car - leave from Midtown W52nd and 8th around 3pm, coming back to norhtern nj through GWB

      January 23, 2013

  • Anna B

    I need carpool from NYC.

    January 11, 2013

    • Igor

      I have space in the car - plz email me your contact info

      January 12, 2013

    • Anna B

      Hi Igor, Thank you for respond.It looks like the course is full.I'll contact you if get the spot.

      January 17, 2013

  • Jessica

    Kiran- Thanks for the offer, but it would be difficult for me to get out to Morristown.
    Igor- Departing from midtown works well for me, but would need a return trip to midtown... Is there a Subway or Path train that would be convenient for you to drop me off at so I could get back into the city?

    January 13, 2013

    • Igor

      I can drop you off at subway station around GWB.

      January 13, 2013

    • Jessica

      Thanks Igor. I'm actually thinking I may drive- I'm doing the math Sunday is already going to be a late night, and catching the train from up North to get back to queens will add another 60-90 minutes to it.

      January 15, 2013

  • Kiran

    Jessica, Patti, Igor. Let me know if any of you would like to car pool. I plan to leave from Morristown, NJ Friday after work

    January 9, 2013

  • Kiran

    Hi I registered for the course and sent you an e-mail. Can I get details on lodging? Also, are guests allowed on this trip?

    December 6, 2012

    • Kennedy

      Patti - you are booked - Courses and hostel

      January 8, 2013

    • patti

      ok--thanks, Kennedy--

      January 8, 2013

  • Jessica

    I actually need a ride too. Or, if there are enough folks who need a ride, I'd be willing to rent a car and could take a group from Midtown, Astoria or LIC.

    January 8, 2013

  • patti

    Kennedy--do you have room for me in your car, or do we need another driver?

    January 8, 2013

  • Igor

    I am driving from midtown Manhattan on Fri around 3pm.

    on way back will go to Fair Lawn, NJ.

    Let me know if anyone will need a ride - I can take up to 4 people with gear.

    January 8, 2013


    Registered :) now looking for a ride..

    January 4, 2013

    • Kiran

      Hi Marcia I will be driving from Morristown NJ after work (430 hopefully) on Friday in case you are still looking for a ride

      January 8, 2013

    • MARCIA A.

      Thank you Kiran but I got a ride with Kennedy :)

      January 8, 2013

  • Sagar

    @Alex G - Do you have space for another person?

    January 2, 2013

  • Ashley L.

    Is this course something for a super beginner like me? I've done a few climbing walls in the past, but that's really the extent of my climbing experience. I'm really interested in learning more, and this sounds wonderful.

    December 21, 2012

    • Kennedy

      As long as you are prepared for all day in the cold weather you should be ok. This course is designed to start people off in the right direction in managing winter mountaineering tools and techniques. It may be helpful to have some general hiking experience just to be prepared for the long day.

      December 21, 2012

  • Julie W


    December 6, 2012

  • Minza

    Hi - How do I register for this?

    Also...I am returning from another trip on January 26 but my return may be delayed due to some immigration stuff (long story to be shared later). Hopefully I will be back in time for this. If I am not, would it be a problem if I have to cancel last minute?

    November 30, 2012

    • Kennedy

      I sent registration & payment info by email. I believe the guide school has a cancellation policy of 8 days before the start date you can be refunded, but check the details with them before reserving.

      November 30, 2012

    • Minza

      Thanks for organizing this Kennedy! I registered today =)

      December 3, 2012

  • Kennedy

    Payment info sent. Courses reduced to $175. Let me know if you have questions.

    November 26, 2012

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