Rock Climbing To Fight Addiction

An outdoor adventure event raising awareness and funds to combat the addiction crisis

PLYMOUTH, N.H.  – With the opioid crisis swelling in New Hampshire, a group of Plymouth State University (PSU) students is raising awareness and funds to combat the issue. Their event, “Climb Above Addiction”, allows participants to experience adventure therapy through rock climbing or hiking with all proceeds going to a scholarship for The Plymouth House, a twelve step retreat for addiction recovery.

“We’re a relatively small state that’s been hit quite hard by the opioid epidemic,” said Matt Howe, Program Director at The Plymouth House. “New Hampshire does not have a lot of funding for treatments. There are people who desperately need treatment, but can’t find the necessary funding.”

The event will take place at Rattlesnake Campground located at 415 Buffalo Road in Rumney, NH on Saturday, May 12 at 11:00 a.m. with registration beginning at 10 a.m. Teams can also pre-register online at On the day of the event, teams of participants will take turns climbing a rock wall as a symbol of their commitment to “climbing above addiction.” No rock climbing experience is necessary. There will also be free food, a keynote speaker, live music, yard games, and more fun activities for people of all ages to enjoy. A donation of $10 is suggested for the event, however, no one will be turned away.

The goal of the event is to raise $5,000 to provide a scholarship for one person who is ready to attend The Plymouth House recovery program. “We want to fundraise money to potentially send someone who’s been impacted by this addiction to a rehabilitation facility,” said Kim Edmunds, ’18. “We know we can’t fix it all over night, but we hope to help at least one person.”

For over 15 years, the Plymouth House has been committed to giving addicts, alcoholics, and their families a new way to live. The Plymouth House has helped thousands of people across the

country overcome their addictions, remain sober, and enjoy full, productive lives with the Twelve Steps, AA/NA meetings, exercise, and relaxation workshops.

The event is an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Cluster Project in conjunction with the American Alpine Club, PSU student organization Enactus, and the Plymouth House. More information can be found online at Questions can be directed to

About Plymouth State University Established in 1871, Plymouth State University serves the state of New Hampshire and the world beyond by transforming our students through advanced practices where engaged learning produces well-educated undergraduates and by providing graduate education that deepens and advances knowledge and enhances professional development. With distinction, we connect with community and business partners for economic development, technological advances, healthier living, and cultural enrichment with a special commitment of service to the North Country and Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

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