Friends of the Ledges is dedicated to the stewardship of climbing areas and preserving the tradition of climbing in the eastern White Mountains of New Hampshire and Maine. The organization is led by a board of directors and a group of active volunteers who focus on two key priorities: (1) maintaining access to climbing areas by behind-the-scenes work with landowners, land managers, and other user groups; and (2) active stewardship of climbing areas by replacing aging bolts, maintaining and improving trails, and organizing cliff clean-ups.
Climbers from around New England and beyond get involved and show their support by becoming annual members and volunteering for stewardship projects.
Friends of the Ledges hosts one annual membership meeting per year and quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors, held either via Zoom or upstairs at I.M.E. in North Conway. The organization leads several stewardship events throughout the year, including a "spring cleaning" cliff clean-up at Cathedral and Whitehorse at the end of May or early June, and a series of "Stewardship Saturdays" during the climbing season. Check out the events page and our social media for more information about upcoming events.
Board of Directors
Sarah Garlick, Chair
Chris Noonan, Treasurer
Mark Synnott, Vice Chair
Kurt Winkler, Secretary
2020 Stewardship Committee Members
The Friends of the Ledges began with a series of informal community conversations in early 2015 that led to an initial steering committee, followed by formal incorporation as a nonprofit organization in the State of New Hampshire in August 2016. Steering committee members and advisors included: Sam Bendroth, Majka Burhardt, Peter Doucette, Erik Eisele, Sarah Garlick, Al Hospers, Joe Klementovich, Steve Larson, Scott Lee, Jeff Lougee, Erik Nelson, Chris Noonan, Ray Rice, Anne Skidmore Russell, Bayard Russell, Jim Surette, Mark Synnott, Charlie Townsend, Brad White, Rick Wilcox, Geoff Wilson, Freddie Wilkinson, Janet Wilkinson, and Kurt Winkler.
Friends of the Ledges is a grassroots, all volunteer organization; relying on the donated time, talents, and funds of many. Thank you to the following organizations:
American Alpine Club
American Safe Climbers Association
Evo Rock and Fitness
Gregory Mountain Products
Hanna Lucy artwork
International Mountain Climbing School
International Mountain Equipment
Ragged Mountain Equipment
Rock Climbs of Acadia by Grant Simmons
Salt Pump Climbing Co.
Silver Line Graphics
Tuckerman Brewing Company