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Rock Climbing Course

What to Bring

Backpack   Water
Fleece vest   Food
Sunscreen   Snacks
Sunglasses   Plastic bag for
proof jacket


From Boston, take I-95 North
In Portsmouth, take left exit for Spaulding Turnpike/route 16 north
For the next 90 miles, follow route 16 until North Conway
In North Conway, drive past the malls until you reach the town center.
Follow signs for the EMS store and climbing school's parking lot on the left
  Good to know in advance
Program runs 7 days a week from April to November
All technical equipment included in the fee
Classes run from about 8:30–-9 am to 3–5 pm—call for exact timing of your class
In case of rain, you can get refund or rescheduling for a future date (you will need to show at the School in the morning anyway)
Carry out your trash from the instruction grounds
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Difficulty: 3/5
  Time from Boston: 2 1/2 hours
  Duration: Full day

$170 per person

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Why not try it? Rock climbing is an exhilarating sport that will make you discover a whole new perspective on mountaineering. It will also make you feel safer and better prepared mentally on difficult summer and winter treks, whether you are using climbing equipment or not.

EMS' Basic Rock Lesson is a one-day program for people who have never climbed. You will learn the fundamentals of rock climbing with other people of the same skill level - the atmosphere is usually very friendly and supportive. As EMS likes to point out, "climbing is not a matter of strength but of technique". You need only to be in good shape to participate. Instructors are all certified rock instructors and rock guides, and the Climbing School is accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association. Most of them also teach winter mountaineering classes in the same area when snow sets in after November.

Your class will start at the School in the morning, where you will meet your instructors and fellow climbers. Equipment will be distributed before the group heads for the cliffs nearby (people tend to car pool, as you will get back to the School in the evening). Once there, instruction will start for real, on the cliff! Bring snacks, food and water in your backpack since most groups eat on the go and do not stop formally for lunch.

You will have the option to extend your class for another day (in that case, total cost for the 2-day session is then $330). In that case, the second day is the Intermediate Rock Lesson, a flexible class in which you will progress at your pace to become comfortable on different types of routes with more refined techniques. You can also decide to follow that class later independently from the Basic Lesson.

All classes require advance reservation. To sign up for your class, call EMS Climbing School at (800) 310-4504, or visit www.emsclimb.com.

EMS' Climbing School is located in North Conway, in the heart of the New Hampshire's White Mountains. You will learn on location at the cliff, sometimes at the famous Cathedral Ledge near North Conway.

Because North Conway is more than 2 hours away from Boston, you may want to find lodging there for the night prior to your class.


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