New Hampshire is known as
the Granite State. In fact, Conway granite is what makes the Mt.
Washington Valley such a premiere rock climbing destination. The
Cathedral and White Horse Ledges, which dominate North Conway's
western skyline, provide easy access for intermediate and advanced
rock climbing trips.
The rock climbing season
extends from April through November. Ice climbing becomes dominant
in the winter months. Adventurous climbers find challenging routes
on both accessible and secluded crags up and down the region. The
White Mountains have the most extensive and varied terrain in the
East, perfectly suited to teach climbers general mountaineering
skills, as well as the special abilities required to climb steep
ice. Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range, coupled with
waterfall ice in places like Frankenstein Cliff and Cathedral
Ledge, provide the greatest profusion of climbs in the most
compact and easily accessed climbing area in the nation.
According to climber pros,
6,288-foot Mt. Washington has some of the toughest winter gully
climbing in the country. Boasting the highest recorded wind
velocity in the world (231 mph), the mountain's unpredictable
weather and alpine terrain make it the ideal training ground for
world-class mountaineering crews planning summer assaults on the
world's tallest mountains. Climbing is challenging, exciting, and
physically demanding. The proper instruction in climbing
techniques is important for the novice as well as the experienced
climber. The Mt. Washington Valley has numerous local climbing
schools and suppliers available for visitors.
Downhill & Cross Country
Valley Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 2300
North Conway, NH 03860
Fax: (603) 356-7069