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#399 - 06/12/00 07:17 PM North Conway Camping

I'm going to be in north conway all summer being a bum on a very limited budget. I'm looking for suggestions on free camping near good climbing (hopefully Cathedral/Whitehorse) where we can set up a basecamp and not have to worry about our stuff. something a little secluded would be nice. I've heard there is free camping on the Kangamangus Highway (sp?) but thats all the info I have. anything more specific?
Zach Allen.

#400 - 06/12/00 08:40 PM Re: North Conway Camping

I camp there all the time, but not for free. Both the
commercial and White Mountain National Forest campgrounds
charge. In fact, even parking isn't free - the sticker
costs $20/year. On the other hand, unlike the Gunks, the
climbing is free. Also, theft is not uncommon.

It is legal to camp in the national forest a quarter
mile from roads and trails, but I can't imagine doing that
for a whole summer. What would you do for water, etc ?

At the far end of the Kancamagus Highway near the Rocky
Gorge, there are some cliffs high over the river and two
WMNF campgrounds, one is covered bridge. Ed Webster's
climbing guidebook details the climbs here. I think you
might be able to hike way back in there and live in total
squalor for a while, and hawl your water from the river.
Whitehorse, Cathedral, etc are only a short drive from
there on the westside road.


#401 - 06/13/00 04:44 PM Re: North Conway Camping
Mim Offline
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Registered: 01/27/00
Posts: 1000
Loc: Gunks
There is a deserted old cemetery that you cannot see from the road, 10 min from the cliffs... I wouldn't leave my gear there though.


#402 - 06/14/00 12:21 PM Re: North Conway Camping [Re: Mim]
Layback Offline
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Registered: 12/23/99
Posts: 816
Loc: Monroe, WA
There's an old discussion on this. I stayed at the place that was reccomended to me in that discussion. It was really nice and only 10-15 min from the cliffs.

Stick it in the crack and hold on tight!
- Joe


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