2-8-09 Private Ice Climbing Course

Good friend and regular client John D. came up for a long weekend of climbing with some friends from CT. I was lucky to get John to myself for Sunday. We didn’t get too many pictures because we were too busy climbing most of the plastic routes in the Amphitheater but here’s some of what we did…


John topping out on Chia

John topping out on Chia


John with an organized belay on Hobbit Coulior

John with an organized belay on Hobbit Couloir

It was a great day considering it was during the Ice Fest, which usually means big crowds and long lines on popular routes. We also got a slightly earlier start than usual, meeting at 7:30 to beat the crowds, despite the morning rain. The ice on everything was plastic and we enjoyed Bob’s Delight, 3 variations of the Cave Route, Chia, and the 1st pitch of Hobbit Couloir before calling it quits. It’s nice to hit the Moat Mtn. Brewery after 600 feet of vertical ice at 4pm isn’t it?

Here’s a vid of me leading Bob’s Delight and John climbing Cave Route;

Before you watch it, be warned with no dedicated camera man you are destined for one non-changing view and a semi-bland video experience…


John eyeing pitch 2 of the Hobbit...

John eyeing pitch 2 of the Hobbit...



John, as always, thank you for an awesome day in an awesome place. Climbing with you is always fun and enjoyable! To the next climb!

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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