White Mountain Climbing Camp focuses on the fundamentals of rock climbing through our low student-to-instructor ratio. First, we cover the basics, and then we embark on adventures at large cliffs throughout the region. Ultimately, students experience the freedom and pleasure of climbing rock in beautiful places.
A typical week at White Mountain Climbing Camp might include:
Climbing routes with varying levels of challenge at local cliffs, such as Cannon, Cathedral or Whitehorse
Learning the basics of gear placement and anchor building
Climbing legendary multi-pitch routes, like the Whitney Gilman on Cannon Cliff or Thin Air on Cathedral
Learning to sport climb at the famous Rumney rock climbing area
Gaining a thorough understanding of what practices make climbing safe and unsafe
While not at the cliffs participants will also:
Climb in our spectacular climbing gym, which is 38 feet tall and over 3,000 square feet, including 500 square feet of steep terrain for bouldering
Form new friendships with like-minded teenage climbing enthusiasts
Swim in local bodies of water
Participate in evening activities such as Ultimate Frisbee, movie watching, and games night (pool, ping pong, foosball) in our student lounge
Lodge in The White Mountain School’s dorms
Eat delicious food in our dining hall, including organic fare grown right here in The White Mountain School’s garden
Flights: Arrive in Manchester, NH airport (MHT) noon and 1 pm opening day. Depart Manchester, NH airport (MHT) no later than 2 pm closing day.
*Please schedule flights as close as possible to 9 am both ways to avoid airport delays! *If your child is flying as an Unaccompanied Minor, a White Mountain Climbing Camp instructor with a White Mountain Climbing Camp shirt will meet your child at the gate. We will announce your specific U.M. escort in May. For now, please try to list "White Mountain Climbing Camp Representative" and our phone and address "603-616-1610, 371 West Farm Rd. Bethlehem, NH 03574."
Driving: We will meet in the center of the Manchester Airport (MHT) baggage claim area by the stairs between noon and 1pm. Our instructors will be wearing White Mountain Climbing Camp shirts. Please let us know if you would prefer to drop off your student at the WMS campus between 1 and 3pm at the beginning of the trip
Thank you for a great 2014 season! To inquire about the 2015 White Mountain Climbing Camp please contact Gabe and Joanna Boisseau at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Session 1 Dates: July 12 - July 19, 2014 ($1395) Session 2 Dates: July 19 - August 2, 2014 ($2595) Combine sessions 1 & 2 for a 3-week climbing immersion ($3695)
Sign up by January 1st, 2014 for a $100 discount.
Health Services Assistant/Climbing Camp Director/Sport Climbing Coach
Nadya Vorotnikova is the climbing camp director, climbing team coach, and health service assistant at The White Mountain School. She owes her unrelenting passion for climbing to her parents, who raised her as a climber from a very young age. She began rock climbing when she was 3 years old in Kareliya, Russia, and began training at a climbing gym in Moscow when she was 6. She began competing when she first moved to the US at the age of 10, and won Youth Nationals twice. She loves to share her love for climbing with others, and enjoys giving others advice on how to develop their skills and become better climbers. She started volunteer coaching at her home gym, Boulder Morty's in Nashua, and then went on to coach at other locations such as Metrorock, Boston Rock Gym, Petra Cliffs, Austin Rock Gym, Vertical Dreams, and Evolution Rock and Fitness. Coaching got her interested in physical therapy and sports medicine, which led her to earning a bachelor's degree at the University of New Hampshire in Athletic Training. She's hoping to combine her passion for rock climbing with her passion for injury prevention and injury rehabilitation. She is a Certified Athletic Trainer and American Mountain Guides Association certified Single Pitch Instructor.
Freddie Wilkinson believes that a climbing adventure is only as good as the stories you bring home. Wilkinson grew up in the flatlands of suburban Connecticut and climbed his first mountain –New Hampshire’s Mount Washington – at age thirteen. By age 20, Wilkinson had climbed Denali via the Cassin Ridge and Nepal’s Cholatse via the West Rib. Since then, he has spent three to four months of every year on expeditions around the globe.
In between traveling, Wilkinson earned a degree in history from Dartmouth College and worked as a climbing guide in New England and Alaska. In 2007, Wilkinson established new routes on three different mountains on three different continents: Patagonia’s Cerro Poincinot, The Fin in Alaska, and Mount Mahindra in the Indian Himalaya. That’s pretty good – but Wilkinson still considers himself to be better at telling stories than he is a climbing mountains. He lives in Madison, New Hampshire with his fiancé Janet Bergman in a 12 x 12 cabin with a view of the White Mountains.
In August 2010, Freddie published his first book, "One Mountain Thousand Summits: The Untold Story of Tragedy and True Heroism on K2". An insider's account of one of the deadliest and most controversial tragedies in mountaineering histroy-the 2008 K2 disaster. Recently, Wilkinson was awarded the most prestigious award in the climbing world, the Piolets d' Or, for his ascent Saser Kangri II, India.
Janet Bergman’s passion for alpine rock climbing is rooted in her bouldering and big wall climbing background. She has completed first ascents of several mountains in India and Newfoundland, often on all-women teams, and between those adventures she works as an organizational development consultant for nonprofit organizations and farms her and Freddie's property in Madison, New Hampshire. Janet was a full time year-round climbing instructor for EMS Climbing School in North Conway, 2004-2009, and has been a volunteer climbing instructor for Kismet Rock Foundation from2006-present. She is now teaching independently and teaching clinics at Mountain Hardwear events as part of her work for them as a professional athlete. She is a certified Wilderness First Responder.
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Ben started White Mountain Climbing Camp 7 years ago. He earned his Ph.D. in Education, specializing in outdoor education at The University of New Hampshire and has spent 16 summers leading adventures for teens. He holds Wilderness First Responder, ropes course facilitator, National Avalanche School, Wilderness Education Association, and American Mountain Guides Association (Single Pitch Rock Instructor and successful completion of Rock Instructor Course) certifications.
Sydney McNair, Head Route Setter and Climbing Team Coach at Evolution Rock, will be joining our summer staff for our second session! Sydney participated in National level competitions in both the youth and adult circuits and has competed in two Youth World Championships (Scotland and China) and one Adult Bouldering World Cup (Vail, CO). Sydney recently completed a master’s degree in Athletic Training from Plymouth State University, which she hopes to incorporate into the climbing industry. She began coaching in 2004 and has continued to share her passion for climbing with youth and adults alike.
Hiapo has been climbing rocks, ice, big walls, and mountains for more than fifteen years, and has been teaching others’ how to do it for almost as long. His experience ranges from El Capitan in Yosemite Valley to volcanoes in Ecuador and from glaciated peaks in the Canadian Rockies to granite cliffs here in New Hampshire. He most enjoys long free climbs with a sense of adventure and wildness and tries to share that love with his students. His training includes an American Mountain Guides Association Rock Instructor certification, Wilderness First Responder certification, and AIARE level II avalanche training. He has been teaching rock and ice climbing at the White Mountain School for ten years.
Gabe has been working and teaching for the past three years at The White Mountain School and climbing for the past fifteen years. In the classroom, he teaches Anatomy and Physiology combined with a Wilderness First Responder curriculum. He also teaches Wilderness First Aid courses and has been a nationally registered EMT and Wilderness EMT for the past ten years. Outside of the classroom, and in the vertical frontier, he's climbed rock, ice, and mountains from the Canadian Rockies, to the Desert Southwest, and throughout New England. With The WMS, he's coached beginner and advanced climbing for four seasons. Gabe thoroughly enjoys exposing new climbers to the sport of climbing and helping advanced climbers take their skills to the next level.
Alex Teixeira’s passion for the outdoors was born in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he grew up skiing and hiking. Alex began climbing seven years ago, and since then his climbing has taken him throughout the mountains of New England, the American northwest, and parts of Europe. By sharing his experiences in the mountains with others, Alex realized his love for teaching. Currently, Alex is living in central Massachusetts where he is a special educator in the public school system. Alex is a licensed Special and Elementary educator in the state of Massachusetts. He holds C.P.R., Wilderness First Responder, and American Mountain Guides Association, Single Pitch Instructor certifications, and has also completed the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), Level I course. Alex is psyched to be apart of the his second summer with us and is eager to share his love for the outdoors and climbing with everyone involved.
THE WHITE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL
371 West Farm Road . Bethlehem, New Hampshire 03574 .
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of Northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a coeducational New England college preparatory boarding and day school for grades 9-PG.