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Welcome to Rick Wilcox's International Mountain Equipment
International Mountain Equipment was founded in 1974 by Frank Simon, Bill Aughton and Paul Ross. In August 1979 Rick purchased I.M.E. from its founders. Since that time I.M.E. has become a legend, and the number one outdoor shop for serious hikers, climbers and skiers in Northern New England. Rick's passion for climbing and his love for big mountains has led him all corners of the globe, including leading his team on the successful 1991 climb of Mount Everest, the first New Englanders to do so. He has led or participated in 38 expeditions world wide with 19 expeditions to the Himalayas.
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Rick and Celia have several new and exciting Treks planned to Africa and Nepal for 2015 and beyond, check them out HERE

We are pleased to announce that Jerry Handren's new climbing guide "North Conway Rock Climbs" is now available, and IME is the EXCLUSIVE New England dealer.

The International Mountain Climbing School
One of New Hampshire's oldest and
most trusted Climbing Schools

Ice Climbing, Rock Climbing, Mountaineering in New Hampshire's White Mountains. For over 30 years we have been guiding folks and teaching them the skills to be safe and proficient in the mountains. Mount Washington is our training ground, home of the 'World's Worst Weather'. We are located in the heart of the Mount Washington Valley with world class climbing locations right here in North Conway such as Cathedral Ledge, Whitehorse Ledge, and Humphrey's Ledge. Nearby is the 1000 foot tall Cannon Cliff in Franconia Notch and the famous ice climbs of Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington, Frankenstein Cliffs and Mount Willard in Crawford Notch and just a short drive away are the spectacular climbs on the shores of Lake Willoughby in Vermont. We can teach you the skills you need to enjoy the mountains for years to come.
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Retail Shop
At I.M.E. we have made a commitment to supply our customers with the best technical gear and clothing available today. We deal with all of the major suppliers of outdoor products. If we don't stock the item which you need, we can surely order it for you. In addition to technical gear, we also have a great selection of Alpine Touring and Telemark equipment. And unlike the big retailers, our staff really does 'walk the walk' , not just 'talk the talk'. Visit our Shop HERE

Rental Gear
We rent high quality Plastic Boots, crampons, Ice axes, winter clothing and camping gear for all your mountaineering, hiking and camping needs. Be sure to make reservations early for busy vacation periods. In addition, we also have avalanche transceivers for rent. Transceivers are standard equipment for people traveling in dangerous avalanche terrain, like Mount Washington between November and April.
For rental Information and reservations: Call 603-356-7013

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