Kids & Rock Climbing

Kids and rock climbing are a natural fit. Synnott Mountain Guides has several courses suitable for children. Photo: Ropes at the North End of Cathedral Ledge, New Hampshire.

Youth Overnight Rock Climbing Camp are currently scheduled on a custom basis, please contact us to inquire. Alternately, you can consider our Family Rock Climbing or Private Rock Climbing options.

Information from previous years is provided for reference:

Looking for a fun, challenging, and rewarding summer camp for kids aged 11-16? Come join our Youth Overnight Rock Climbing Camp!

This camp is led by Mark Synnott, a member of The North Face Climbing Team and an IFMGA/AMGA certified guide with 30 years of climbing experience. Your children will learn how to rock climb and rappel, and to master skills like maximizing balance, belaying, and route-finding — all while building self-esteem, self-confidence, and great friendships.

Camp will include three nights of camping at the Fourth Iron Campground, which is located at the confluence of the Sawyer and Saco Rivers in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire. In camp, the children will learn important outdoor skills like meal planning and preparation, use of camp stoves, fire-building, fishing, map and compass reading, navigation, and many other outdoor skills. Parents will notice that enhanced problem-solving, social adaptability, and teamwork skills all come in the package…but the kids will be too busy climbing and camping outdoors to notice those other benefits!

Course Information

Pickup and drop-off is at the Synnott Mountain Guides office @ Ragged Mountain Equipment in Intervale, New Hampshire.


  • Day 1: Meet with guides at the Synnott Mountain Guides office in Intervale NH at 8:30am. After a morning orientation and gear check, the group will proceed to Square Ledge in Pinkham Notch for a day of rock climbing.
  • Day 2: Rock climbing at Cathedral Ledge, afternoon swimming at the Saco River
  • Day 3: Rock climbing at Whitehorse Ledge, afternoon swimming at Echo Lake
  • Day 4: Rock climbing at Humphrey’s Ledge, fishing on Saco River


No previous climbing or camping experience is necessary. Program will be suitable for all abilities from beginner to expert. All of the climbing sites will have options for climbs from 5.4 to 5.12. Arrangements will be made for children with the inclination and ability to attempt more challenging multi-pitch routes on Cathedral and Whitehorse Ledges. Additional guides will be brought in as necessary.


  • all climbing equipment
  • food
  • transportation to and from climbing venues and campsite
  • tents

Not Included

  • sleeping bags

Mountains, Cliffs, & Routes

Various cliffs in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.


Beginer to Advanced


4 Days


Early Summer



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