Six weeks of sport climbing training.
This focused opportunity is designed for boys and girls (ages 9-16) who would like to learn new techniques and enhance their climbing skills in an outdoor setting. Whether attending for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 weeks in July – August, participants will enjoy a well-rounded, safety-conscious program that builds on their love of the rock climbing sport.
Our Climbing Program
The small number of participants (max: 30 per week) will enable us to provide high quality, intensive training with maximum safety. Each participant will receive our undivided, personal attention as we coach each to his/her next level. We will concentrate on specific techniques for face, overhang, and crack climbing. Climbers who compete and qualify for the nationals will not only participate in lead climbing on well- protected sport routes but will learn strategies and tactics in a non-competitive environment.
We will explore one of the best sport climbing areas on the Northeast: Rumney Rocks in Plymouth, NH (with 600+ routes in all levels of difficulty).
Each day, participants can participate in non-climbing activities. This includes swimming (under supervision), playing field sports such as soccer and volleyball and taking hiking trips to nearby mountains and forests. Evening activities range from games and contests to campfire gatherings and skits.
Summer Program Location
The program is located at the Plymouth Sands Campground, in Plymouth, NH (about 2 hours from Boston and 10 minutes away from Rumney).
Participants enjoy three main meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) each day, along with fruits and vegetables after climbing, and milk and cookies before bed. It’s all prepared by a talented cook Irina with extensive mountaineering expedition experience.
Irina is THE COOK, a mom of two daughters, a climber, runner, yogi and a bookkeeper of our school!
On rest days we cook pizza! It’s fresh! It’s tasty! It’s healthy!
Safety of our students is always our first priority. Its based on over 40 year combined safe-climbing experience of our instructors and councilors. All instructors/staff are CPR and first aid certified.
Participants will be driven to/from all activities in a 15-passenger van owned and operated by the International Rock Climbing School.
What to bring
A detailed list of equipment and supplies can be seen at the bottom of this page. This will include:
- sturdy, comfortable climbing shoes
- a harness & chalk bag
- insulated sleeping bag & pad
Most importantly, each participant should come in a great mood, ready to have the summer of his/her life!
Participants can sign-up for one, two, three, four or five weeks:
1. June 30 – July 6, 2019
2. July 7 – 13, 2019
3. July 14 – 20, 2019
4. July 21 – 27, 2019
5. July 28 – August 3, 2019
6. August 4 – August 10, 2019
1 week – $890
2 weeks – $1720 ($860 per week)
3 weeks – $2490 ($830 per week)
4 weeks $3200 ($800 per week)
5 weeks $3900 ($780 per week)
6 weeks $4500 ($750 per week)
$100 deposit is due upon registration (fully refundable until May 1st). The full payment is due by June 1st.
To Plymouth Sands Camping Area
From Boston: Take Rt.93 North. Take exit 26 on Rt.25 to West Plymouth. After you pass a set of lights and a gas station on your right, take a right onto Smith Bridge Rd. After you pass a covered bridge look to the left for the campground, which is about 500ft. away from the bridge. The address is:
Plymouth Sands Camping Area
3 Quincy Rd.
Plymouth, N.H. 03264
Arrival and Pick Up
Arrival time: 10AM-11AM on June 30
Pick up time: 10AM-11AM on July 6
Arrival time: 10AM-11AM on July 7
Pick up time: 10AM-11AM on July 13
Arrival time: 10AM-11AM on July 14
Pick up time: 10AM-11AM on July 20
Arrival time: 10AM-11AM on July 21
Pick up time: 10AM-11AM on July 27
Arrival time: 10am-11am on July 28
Pick up time: 10am-11am on August 3
Arrival time: 10am-11am on August 4
Pick up time: 10am-11am on August 10
7:30 Wake up
7:30-8:00 morning exercises
8:30-9:00 cleaning tents
9:30 AM-4:30 PM climbing
5:00-6:00 games and water activities.
7:00-9:00 evening activities.
9:30-10:00 socializing time.
10:00 bed time.
Backpack, sleeping bag and sleeping pad;
Jacket, sweater, sweatpants;
Thick wool socks and regular socks;
Warm hat and cap;
Waterproof shells ( top and bottom, poncho useful )
Sneakers and flip-flops/sandals;
Towel and wash kit;
Laundry will be done on the weekends for campers staying longer than one week.
Irina and Aleksey will have their cell phones with them at the program location for emergencies and such. Please call one of the numbers below if you wish to reach one of them.
Irina – 978 766 8150
Aleksey – 978 273 5621
Final Note before you start packing for the Summer Program.
The more commonly forgotten and among the most important items on the list include: rain gear, dishes for meal times, and a warm hat, jacket, and long pants for cold nights. Please send your participant with sunscreen and bug spray (double set) as well. Although we do tick checks, the ticks are rampant this year. It is also recommended that participants bring a mesh bag of sorts to store dishes to prevent them from getting lost.
In terms of things that aren’t on the list, kids often like to bring their cell phones/chargers (for calling home only! Phones are NOT allowed outside of tents unless being used for calling home. Kids without phones may use Aleksey’s if they ever want to call home). Many participants also like to bring games (without any small, easy to lose pieces) for rainy days, various sports items (Frisbee, soccer ball, etc…), or any other fun items that could be used in group activities. Some things that kids should NOT bring to the program: pocket knives, anything expensive/breakable, or an abundance of snacks/candy (meals and snacks will be provided, participants are well fed!).
When you arrive to Plymouth Sands campground, you well be met at the entrance by our counselors, who will escort participants with their belongings to our site. Parents are welcome to walk to the site by foot. Please do not drive through the campground to drop off or pick up.
Looking forward to seeing you all this summer and hope you are as excited as we are,
– Summer Program Staff