Six weeks of sport climbing training, since 2001.
This focused opportunity is designed for participants (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: 20 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 some of the best sport and traditional climbing areas of the Northeast: Rumney Rocks in Plymouth, NH (World famous climbing with 600+ routes of all levels of difficulty), Cathedral Ledges, Echo Crag, Sundown Ledges. All these crags provide super quality climbing for all levels.
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.
Participants can sign-up for one, two, three, four, five or six weeks:
1. June 28 – July 4, 2020
2. July 5 – 11, 2020
3. July 12 – 18, 2020
4. July 19 – 25, 2020
5. July 26 – August 1, 2020
6. August 2 – August 8, 2020
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 28
Pick up time: 10AM-11AM on July 4
Arrival time: 10AM-11AM on July 5
Pick up time: 10AM-11AM on July 11
Arrival time: 10AM-11AM on July 12
Pick up time: 10AM-11AM on July 18
Arrival time: 10AM-11AM on July 19
Pick up time: 10AM-11AM on July 25
Arrival time: 10am-11am on July 26
Pick up time: 10am-11am on August 1
Arrival time: 10am-11am on August 2
Pick up time: 10am-11am on August 8
Children sleep in tents (two people in a tent) covered by tarps and fully protected from the rain.
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.
What to bring:
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 (mud shoes for rainy days);
Towel and wash kit;
Insect repellent 2/week;
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 next summer and hope you are as excited as we are,
– Summer Program Staff