North Conway

January 22-24, 2021

New Hampshire

Due to COVID-19 this program will be modified to ensure all local, regional and federal guidelines are met. Please stay tuned for more information on program format.

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Skill Level:
No experience necessary!

Level 2

Accessibility Rating:
1 = Least Accessible
5 = Most Accessible

Ice Climbing

Ice Climbing

Shared Hotel

Group Size

Group Size:
10 – 20

COST: $325 per person


Join our annual adaptive ice climbing weekend in North Conway, NH! The White Mountains in New Hampshire offer some of the best ice climbing in the lower-48. On our annual ice climbing trip to Cathedral Ledge, Paradox Sports provides the specialized equipment and instruction needed for adaptive ice climbing. The routes on Cathedral Ledge offer technical, demanding and sometimes mixed-climbing (rock and ice) experience for everyone from beginner to experienced climbers pushing limits.  The weekend features two full days of ice climbing,top-rope ice climbing in the beautiful Mt Washington Valley and unparalleled climbing community. We provide instruction for all ages, ability, mobility levels and types.


The approach is varied (conditions vary year to year) and includes walking uphill and downhill on snow, ice and on uneven ground.  Participants will have ample support in traveling over this terrain by staff, guides and volunteers but should have a base level of comfort travelling in this terrain. If you have limited mobility, we would love to talk with you before registering to ensure we can appropriately support.
Winter temperatures in New Hampshire can vary greatly and all participants should prepare for sub zero temperatures, wind, snow and sleet by packing lots of warm clothing and layers appropriate for winter climbing. Please review our packing list carefully and let us know if you have any questions or will be unable to provide a required piece of clothing or equipment. For your protection – boots, crampons and helmets (provided, if applicable) are required at all times at the crag.
Paradox Sports strives to serve all individuals regardless of ability, and encourages individuals considering this program to review our Essential Eligibility Criteria here. If you have specific questions about this program, please contact us at


NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change.
A finalized schedule will be emailed to you before the trip.


4 PM: Check in at the hotel
6 PM: Welcome dinner and socializing
9 PM: Rest up for tomorrow!


8 AM: Breakfast in town
9 AM – 4 PM: Full day of ice climbing, hot lunch at the crag
6 PM: Dinner


8 AM: Breakfast in town (Note: need to be packed out of rooms before climbing)
9 AM – 3 PM: Ice climbing near North Conway, hot lunch at the crag
3 PM: Pack up and depart



We encourage participants to have basic outdoor experience and at minimum an introductory understanding of either rock or ice climbing. Each year we welcome first-time ice climbers into our community, right alongside some of the most experienced climbers! There will be routes available for a wide variety of skill levels, and coaches to help you succeed – whatever your goals may be. On this trip in particular, you should be comfortable in cold weather, and have a baseline fitness level in order to participate.
We encourage climbers to bring their own personal gear if possible, including a harness and a helmet (and ice boots and crampons if you have them!). Some climbing equipment and personal gear can be borrowed as needed – please include these requests in your registration. You can see a full packing list for trips at the button above, and we are happy to answer any questions about gear that you might have!

All participants and volunteers are responsible for their transportation to and from the event as well as during the weekend.

Paradox Sports can help connect you with rideshare options with other participants or volunteers joining, depending on ride availability. During registration you will have the option to request carpool, and include where you will be coming from.
The closest airport to North Conway, New Hampshire is Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in central New Hampshire, a two-hour drive away. It’s served by domestic airlines including American, Delta, United, and Southwest. Boston’s Logan International Airport is a 2.5-hour drive away. The town is also served by Greyhound and Concord Bus Lines from major cities.
Due to the nature of this program, volunteers should have previous experience on a Paradox Sports trip, attended a Paradox Sports volunteer training, Adaptive Climbing Initiative course, and/or be an experienced climber. We encourage all volunteers to have experience in the outdoors, be comfortable assisting others through variable terrain, and have at least an introductory understanding of ice climbing and the associated equipment. Paradox Sports reserves the right to assign volunteers to appropriate roles based on the assessment of experience, skills, comfort and overall ability.
Volunteers register through the link above, and select “Volunteer Registration”. The cost for volunteering with the same as the cost for adaptive climbers. As a non-profit, we need to cover our cost to operate and this includes both participants and volunteers pitching in to cover trips costs. Often the lines between “participant” and “volunteer” are indistinguishable as we enjoy a weekend of climbing as a community. Registration fees for everyone cover food, lodging, equipment, professional guides, extra programming, insurance, and other overhead for planning the trip. It takes a lot to make these programs succeed – we thank you for your contribution both physically and financially.
If you are an AMGA certified guide and want to volunteer guide time on any of our programs, please contact our Program Manager Nate McKenzie at

What’s Included:

•    Professional guides and instruction with a ratio of 2:1
•    Two days top rope ice climbing, equipment, instruction in the Mt Washington Valley near North Conway, NH
•    Lodging: Shared rooms at the Colonial Motel in North Conway. We match people with roommates based on requests during the registration process and any other information that we have. If you are coming to the program with someone and are requesting to share a room, please include this in your registration.
•    Meals: Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner; Sunday breakfast and lunch
•    Gear: Technical ice climbing equipment provided if necessary (please indicate your gear needs in your registration)

What’s Not Included:

•    Transportation: All participants and volunteers are responsible for getting to and from the event, as well as transportation during the weekend.
•   Guardian / Partner registrations: Each registration is for one individual only. If your friends, significant other, guardian or personal aid would like to join, we ask that they register as a volunteer for the trip and help cover the costs of lodging, meals, logistics, guides, etc. and that they are eager and willing to be an active part of the community for the weekend!
•   Alcohol is not included, and not permitted while on Paradox Sports programs.
* For information on financial assistance please see more details here.

We have a cancellation policy to ensure the maximum number of climbers can attend and spots do not go unused.

If you cancel:

•    2 weeks or more before the event, you will receive a full refund of your registration fees unless costs were incurred by Paradox Sports; in that case, we may retain 10% of your registration fee.
•   Less than 2 weeks before the event and we cannot fill your spot, you will be charged 50% of the registration fee.
•   Without notice (no-show) your registration fee is non-refundable and we will retain the full fee.
•   For cancellations due to emergency situations and special cases, please contact us to discuss options. We will work with you for the best solution.


Thank you to our 2020 North Conway Sponsor:

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Sterling Rope has been making the highest quality, most innovative static and dynamic rope and cord for more than 25 years, and is an enthusiastic supporter of adaptive climbing.

Questions? Please contact us at or by phone 720-638-5593