2-07-09 Beginner Ice Climbing Course

Hello friends, family, acquaintances, previous clients and strangers. Here begins my personal guiding blog with this post about a great day with four EMS clients on Cathedral Ledge in New Hampshire. Hope you enjoy some of the pictures and are out challenging yourselves today!

 

Cathedral Ledge, Echo Lake State Park, White Mountains, New Hampshire
Cathedral Ledge, Echo Lake State Park, White Mountains, New Hampshire

During the hike in we noticed some climbers up high on “Diagonal”.

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Can you see them?

After a few minutes of walking on the unplowed road we reached the North End and started to gear up.

 

Crampons on

Crampons on

Randy makes some last minute adjustments

Randy makes some last minute adjustments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda and Randy review their knot tying skills...

Amanda and Randy review their knot tying skills...

 

 

 

Shane and Michael review their belaying skills...

Shane and Michael review their belaying skills...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shane takes his first few swings while Michael manages the rope...

Shane takes his first few swings while Michael manages the rope...

Amanda gets some good "sticks"

Amanda gets some good "sticks"

Amanda keeps her heels low and weight over her feet...

Amanda keeps her heels low and weight over her feet...

Randy below the North End Pillars

Randy below the North End Pillars

Randy on the steeps...

Randy on the steeps...

Randy closes in on the top...

Randy closes in on the top...

Shane on attentive belay duty...

Shane on attentive belay duty...

Shane, kick kick, swing swing...

Shane, kick kick, swing swing...

I want to thank Amanda, Randy, Michael, and Shane for a great day in the mountains. You were a fun group to teach and I hope to see you at the EMS Climbing School again some day!

About David Lottmann

David grew up skiing in the Whites and started climbing at a summer camp just north of Mt. Washington when he was 16. Those first couple of years solidified climbing as a lifetime passion. From 1996-2000 he served in the USMC, and spent the better part of those years traveling the globe (18 countries). After returning to civilian life he moved to North Conway to focus on climbing and was hired in 2004 as a Rock and Ice Instructor. Since then Dave has taken numerous AMGA courses, most recently attaining a Single Pitch Instructor. He has completed a Level 3 AIARE avalanche course, is a Level 2 Course Leader, holds a valid Wilderness First Responder and is a member of Mountain Rescue Service. When David isn't out guiding he enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, backcountry skiing, trying to cook something new once a week and sampling new micro-brews. He lives in Conway, NH with his wife Michelle, son Alex, and daughter Madalena.
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