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Ice climbing instructors and guides -- who also provide equipment such as helmets, boots, crampons, harnesses, axes, ropes and belay devices -- can be found in Lake Placid and Keene Valley in the Adirondacks, as well as North Conway, N.H., another climbing center for the Northeast.
Adirondack Rock and River in Keene generally charges $150 a day for an individual guided climb, less per person for a small group, owner Ed Palen said. Its two-day beginning ice courses Feb. 19-20 and March 5-6 cost $210. Call (518) 576-2041 or visit www.rockandriver.com.
Eastern Mountain Sports has climbing schools out of Lake Placid; the popular rock climbing area of New Paltz in the Hudson Valley, and North Conway, N.H. EMS offers a beginner course daily through early spring for $185 per person for those 14 and older, $165 per person in a party of three. Call (800) 310-4504 or www.emsclimb.com.
In New Hampshire, you can find five climbing schools or guide services on the Web site www.mountwashington.com/hiking/climbing-schools.html.