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The Mt. Washington Valley
New Hampshire

Ice & Rock Climbing

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Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 2300
North Conway, NH 03860
(603) 356-5701
Fax: (603) 356-7069
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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.

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Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 2300
North Conway, NH 03860
(603) 356-5701
Fax: (603) 356-7069
Email: info@mtwashingtonvalley.org

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