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Summer Climbing Camp

PLEASE NOTE: Until further notice, Climbing Camp at White Mountain is not operating due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to resume operations in 2022.


Reach Your Peak!

The White Mountain School's Summer Climbing Camp provides a safe and challenging climbing experience for beginner to advanced climbers ages 12-17. Taught by instructors trained or certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), this camp delivers the finest climbing in New England and engages students in developing a progression of skills tailored to their specific climbing goals.

Campers are housed on the beautiful White Mountain campus and have access to the School's facilities, including the 3,000-square-foot, 38-foot tall Beverly Selinger Buder Climbing Wall. The Buder Climbing Wall has a rope climbing section with 13 toprope anchors with an average of 32 climbing routes, ranging in difficulty from 5.2-5.12d. The Buder Climbing Wall also features a 500-square-foot bouldering area, which includes a seamless ground pad system and an average of 32 boulder problems for more skill-building and fun.


Activities

Our Summer Climbing Camp focuses on the fundamentals of rock climbing through a low 5:1 student-to-instructor ratio to ensure the correct level of challenge, guidance, and safety for all participants. Students learn the basics and then embark on adventures at large cliffs such as Cannon, Cathedral, Rumney, and Whitehorse to experience the freedom of rock climbing in the mountains.

During camp, a typical week might include:

  • Whether it is sport climbing at Rumney, developing traditional skills at Cathedral, or a multi-pitch at Cannon, students have the opportunity to grow as climbers.

  • Learn and practice gear placement and anchor-building.

  • Gain independence, safety, and confidence from direct instruction and practice.

  • Learn from world-class guides.

  • Build lifelong friendships and memories in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

While not at the cliffs, participants will also:

  • Build their skills on our spectacular Buder Climbing Wall and bouldering cave.

  • Swim in local bodies of water.

  • Participate in evening activities such as ultimate frisbee, movie-watching, and game nights (pool, ping-pong, foosball, board games, and more) in our student lounge in McLane Building.

  • Lodge in the School's dorms.

  • Eat delicious food in our Dining Hall, including organic fare, grown right here at the School farm.


Tuition and Registration

Tuition

Tuition for summer 2020 is $2,945. Registrants who sign-up by January 1 are eligible for a $150 discount. Full scholarships are available.


Contact

For general inquiries or to discuss scholarship opportunities, please email Sean Wieboldt, director of outdoor education, at wmsclimbing@whitemountain.org. To reach a camp administrator on duty during the summer, please call 603.444.2928 x312.