Rock Climbing in NH
A New Hampshire Outdoor Adventure
Looking for an outdoor sport that inspires, challenges, and moves you to new heights? Try rock climbing in New Hampshire! Rock climbing is a sport that requires both agility of mind and body where the chief ingredient for success is not the most expensive gear, but the bravery and determination of the participant. For its devotees, rock climbing is about accomplishment – rock climbers do not climb but conquer the mountain walls they call their playground. Using every muscle, climbers negotiate the rock faces to reach the summit where they receive the rewards of unparalleled views, an incredible sense of pride, and a feeling of unity with nature. Ask us about NH Adventure Sports or share comments. To feature your business, contact us.
NH Rock Climbing & Outdoor Sports
Alpine Adventures, 41 Main St, Route 112, Lincoln, NH 03251 | 888-745-9911
Zipline canopy tours with 2 courses to choose from, with 14 total ziplines, ropes bridges and plenty of exhilaration. Professionally guided, 2 hour tours offered year round, winter gear provided. Check out the Safari tours in 6-wheel Pinzgauers and guided snowmobile tours.
The human desire to climb starts early: first on living room furniture and later on the jungle gym at the playground. It is no surprise, then, that rock climbing and bouldering are fast-growing pastimes in the Northeast. Scaling high mountains and rocky cliffs is merely an extensions of the childhood instinct to climb high.
For climbing and bouldering neophytes, rock climbing generally refers to high places requiring roped protection. Bouldering refers to climbing on large rocks or at the bottoms of cliffs — low enough so that the only equipment needed is a pair of shoes and a soft pad on which to land.
“I like climbing,” says guide Steve Charest of Petra Cliffs Climbing Center in Burlington VT, “because I enjoy being outdoors and for the adrenaline of it all.” There is more, of course, than just the excitement. Pressing your body close to a limestone or granite crag, you see, feel — even hug — every crack, bulge, and contour along the way. Rock climbing is an opportunity to intimately experience the landscape inch-by-inch and handhold-by-handhold.
In addition, the safety aspects of climbing and bouldering require thought, attention, and know-how. “It really makes you think,” says Charest. This is why most newcomers learn first from professionals — often starting indoors before tackling the real thing. Rock climbing gyms are perfect for learning and training because of their accessibility and variety — and because anchors and ropes are already set up. Most gyms offer instruction for all abilities and ages.
While New Hamspire and Maine feature world-reknowned climbing destinations like Acadia and North Conway, Charest describes Vermont climbing spots as more “under the radar.” The more famous areas are well-documented in climbing guidebooks, while off the beaten path means less crowded and less developed. And there are still routes and pitches yet to be discovered.
When you climb, remember to err on the side of safety, to learn from an experienced professional, and to have a “rockin'” good time!
By Mark Aiken
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