North Conway named #1 Rock Climbing Destination in America

North Conway, NH –, the source for recommending the very best of all there is: from vacuums to movies to places to celebrate Halloween, has named North Conway the number one best rock climbing destination in the country. Making their recommendations by collecting authoritative data, field testing, interviewing, and good old-fashioned research by teams of veteran journalists, credentialed experts, and researchers, the editorial team gave North Conway a 100% on the site’s Rave Meter. This means that journalists, experts, researchers and the Rave Editorial Team were all in agreement that North Conway tops the list for rock climbing destinations in America.

In its article about Best Rock Climbing Destinations, stated, “In the world of rock climbing, North Conway, NH, stands apart for its mix of multi-pitch routes and remote crags. When it comes to rock climbing, North Conway and the nearby Mount Washington area truly have it all. Popular spots in the North Conway area include Cathedral and Whitehorse ledges in Echo Lake State Park. And with a summit elevation of just over 1,100 feet, Cathedral Ledge features epic views across the Saco River.”

Additionally, the article quotes Brad White, President and Owner of International Mountain Climbing School and certified rock instructor, who said “North Conway is one of the rock climbing meccas of the East and perhaps of the entire country”.

Avid rock and ice climbers have often pointed to Mt Washington Valley as a favorite climbing destination for the variety and volume of terrain here. Beyond the exceptional and accessible terrain offered to rock and ice climbers, Mt Washington Valley’s outfitters, guides, climbing schools and annual Ice Fest events offer up the ideal infrastructure for everything climbers need. From advice and workshops to technical clothing and gear, the Valley is Mecca for everyone from beginner to serious climbers. Climbers will even find one of the largest consignment retailers and newly added retail experiences complete with climbing rental options right in North Conway.

According to the editorial team at, “We take pride in our rigorous standards. Our recommendations are always made entirely by our editorial and research teams without input from our business department.” The fact that North Conway scored a 100% on the Rave Meter shows that all agreed that the destination was indeed rave worthy, according to William Kennedy from

Additionally, the article recommended Muddy Moose Restaurant and Pub for dining and the North Conway Grand Hotel for lodging ideal for climbers hoping to “rock on” in North Conway. Additionally, The White Mountain Hotel & Resort located at the base of Cathedral Ledge offers quick access to ideal climbing terrain too. During the COVID-19 pandemic these businesses are shut down in April but are planning May or June 2020 reopenings. Check websites for details on their re-openings.

For a complete list of climbing schools, outfitters and guiding teams in Mt Washington Valley, click here. For complete resources for planning a getaway for rock climbing, ice climbing, or adventure getaways, visit the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce at For additional information on climbing and getaways in New Hampshire, go to

Photo: Kim Fuller participates in EMS Climbing School beginner rock climbing clinic on Cathedral Ledge. MWVCC photo.

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