Intro to Winter Mountaineering

Date and Time

Friday, February 9, 2018 - Sunday, February 11, 2018


North Conway, NH,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).


A two-day, one-night course for mountaineers ready to make the jump to multi-day ascents of alpine snow. The White Mountains offer some of the finest mountaineering terrain in the country and provide a reliable training ground for alpine climbs in the greater mountain ranges of the world. The course will focus on learning and refining winter mountaineering skills; efficiently climbing of moderate snow and ice terrain and camping in world class winter conditions. It is a comprehensive introduction to basic winter mountaineering. Basic winter hiking/snowshoeing experience is required along with solid backcountry camping skills. Participants should be prepared for a challenging alpine climbing and cold weather camping experience. You'll spend your time learning to travel over alpine terrain in a safe and efficient manner, to use your crampons and ice axe properly as well as learning self-arrest, glissading, basic avalanche hazard awareness, and decision making in an adverse environment. You will also learn how to set up a winter tent site, melt snow for cooking and hydration and how to sleep comfortably in arctic conditions. Final climbing objective will be based on weather, ground conditions and group abilities. Contact leaders for a detailed itinerary. Group size is limited and preference is given to CT AMC members. Participants are required to provide their own gear. Double mountaineering boots and full crampons are mandatory as is a single sleeping bag or two bag system rated to -10 degrees F or below. These items can be rented in North Conway at IME or EMS. Contact leaders for full gear list. Participants are required to make their own lodging arrangements on Friday night. The AMC has a discounted rate at the Yankee Clipper Inn.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $75 member / $100 non-member
*Saturday night campsite fees, and stove fuel.

Related Link(s):

Yankee Clipper Inn

Mt. Washington



Offered By







Adults (18+)


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He is celebrating his 50th anniversary of climbing Mt Washington. For the past 14 years he has been climbing and camping in the White Mountains in winter. He specializes in multi day winter traverses with an emphasis on sustainable travel. He is always experimenting with clothing options and techniques and building new gear to find better ways to travel in cold weather. He has been a leader or co-leader on every Intro to Mountaineering trip since 2006.


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Past co-Chair of the Climbing/Mountaineering Committee and regular rock and ice climber.