Trip Planning & Weather

Mt. Washington in the Rain

Sunday is the start of our week long family vacation.  We’ll be going to New Hampshire to climb at Pawtuckaway (bouldering) and then on to Rumney for some sport climbing and bouldering (at the Black Jack boulders) when needed.  We’re hoping to get in a bit of roped climbing but since it’s just the two of us plus the kids, we expect that we’ll be limited.  I’m even excited to get our 4 year old up a pitch of superslab that I recall seeing on a previous trip.  We’ll see how that works out (best laid plans and all that).

I’ve checked the weather on and it looks like we could be hitting some rain early in the week – let’s hope it’s sporadic and manageable, otherwise our tent camping trip could turn into a whole lot of hanging out at the movies.  Good thing that Cars 2 is out this weekend.  Which leads me to the post of this blog post.  Given the potential for unfortunate weather, I’m identifying some back up plans.

Ideally we’d spend all of our time climbing and hitting the water at the local lakes/rivers/waterfalls etc., then camping each night (and cooking out with our camp stove).  But just in case things go wrong, our back up plan is to Priceline a hotel (when absolutely necessary) and abbreviate the outdoor time as needed.

Back up activity #1: Mt. Washington Cog Railway  – We’ll go here if we have a number of wet days strung together.  The trip is pricey ($60 per person) so we’re saving it as a backup.

Back up activity #2: We’re probably going to take a hike either way, but bad climbing weather is still reasonable hiking weather, so we might shift our outdoor time to hiking Arethusa Falls and/or other local (short) hikes.   Oh, and when looking for information about kid friendly hikes, the website (linked above and at was extremely helpful. I also found some cool “hot day” things to do including “Whale’s Tale Waterpark” and a helpful trip planner.  Click here for the planner.

Back up activity #3: Movies (as already mentioned).  Cars 2 is playing.  Enough said :)

Any other ideas for a contingency plan, should weather be an issue?

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About Laura Boniello Miller

Laura Miller is a internet marketing professional and a mother of two. Her interests include sport climbing, bouldering, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She believes that playing outdoors is integral to health and well being, and that if your kids aren't dirty, they haven't had enough fun.


  1. Sounds like a great trip and great back up plans! Being prepared for the worst is definitely a necessity when traveling with kiddos. Hope you get some great climbing in while there!

  2. Climbing Mom says:

    Thanks Haley! I'm sure it will be fun no matter what the weather is. . . It will be a bear if it rains the whole time, especially since our plan A is to camp the entire time. Guess we'll find out how rain proof the tent is :).

  3. Tammy O says:

    camping and bouldering- good times! whenever we get bad weather when camping we always go to the movies or head for the nearest big box bookstore- hours of entertainment and virtually no money spent.