Dana Drummond climbing Tourist Treat on Cathedral Ledge, photo by Jim Surette.

Mission

Friends of the Ledges is a volunteer organization dedicated to the stewardship of local climbing areas and to preserving the historical tradition of climbing in the eastern White Mountains of New Hampshire and Maine.

The organization’s focus is on general cliff stewardship and access and not to get too deeply involved in issues with more ethical implications such as route development. Friends of the Ledges could serve a role in convening public conversations about these types of issues if needed, but in general Friends of the Ledges seeks to support and uphold the tradition of self-governance within our climbing community.

Goals:

  • serve as a liaison between the climbing community and landowners/land managers, including the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation and the U.S. Forest Service.
  • preserve the unique character of the different climbing areas in this region (see Jerry Handren's North Conway Rock Climbs for definition of the focus area).
  • maintain these climbing areas with minimal infrastructure and impact.
  • convene community-wide conversations about climbing-related issues and concerns when needed.

Photo: Dana Drummond climbing Tourist Treat on Cathedral Ledge, photo by Jim Surette.