Geographically, the landscape surrounding Holderness School is ideal for Winter Moutaineering, with a wide range of terrain for beginners to advanced climbers. And with the changes in season, climbers encounter a variety of conditions from rock to snow to ice. There are many students who prefer the intense and competitive nature of hockey, basketball, snowboarding, and skiing, but for the students who sign up for Winter Mountaineering, the challenges presented by nature are far more enticing.
Similar to the rock climbing team, the winter mountaineering team provides opportunities through which students can set and accomplish personal goals. In the winter we frequent the same venues—Rumney Rocks and Franconia Notch—climbing single and multi pitch ice. We also spend many afternoons in Crawford Notch State Park, renowned for its high concentration of world-class ice and alpine climbs. On longer days we try to get above tree line into the alpine zone. Students learn skills critical to survival in the wilderness, including navigation, trip planning, and thriving and surviving in cold weather.