White Mountain Climbing Camp

Nadya Vorotnikova, Director, White Mountain Climbing Camp
Director Nadya Vorotnikova shares her take on the first days of the 2014 Climbing Camp. Read on for news of their adventures!
“The camp is off to a great start! We had fantastic days climbing at Echo Crag and Artist’s Bluff in Franconia, rappelled off a bridge, climbed at Rumney Rocks (a famous sport climbing area in NH), and practiced traditional climbing at Cathedral and Whitehorse ledges in North Conway. Some of the kids have done some famous multi-pitch routes up on Cannon and Cathedral ledge.

This morning the weather wasn’t great, so we spent some time skill-building at the climbing gym on campus. The weather made a turn for the better, and the sun came out, which is when we hiked Bald Mountain, and went swimming at Echo Lake. We are looking forward to doing more as the week goes on, and we’re excited to do some volunteering with Rumney Climbers Association and the Forest Service after climbing! I think it’s important to give back when we can. We get to enjoy these beautiful areas so much, and I know the kids will get a sense of ownership over their climbing environment after we pitch in and lend a hand.

We’ve also played lots of games, developed skills, gone swimming and eaten delicious food in the dining hall.

I’ve been most impressed so far by how excited the campers are to learn more technical skills in various avenues of climbing – whether it is sport or traditional climbing, building anchors, or multi-pitch climbing. They are eagerly asking questions and soaking up new information. Working with kids that are passionate about climbing, who constantly ask questions, makes work a complete joy.”

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