2-10-09 Day off, let’s go for a walk in the wilderness…

I’ld heard “Way in the Wilderness” was in good shape, so good friend and climbing partner Bob and I decided to take a walk out there to attempt it. I had climbed this route a few years back as one of my first Grade 5 leads and was excited to get back to it.

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As we started gearing up the sun really started to shine…

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While Bob was racking up bits of chandelier ice starting coming down from above, indicating the effects of solar radiation on fragile ice… The crux looked pretty tricky, and with the added worry of something larger breaking off in the warm temps we decided it was not to be… we decided instead to explore some of the ice to the left of this route, closer to the Rainbow Slabs area…

 

We rigged a top-rope on this 100 foot climb. It started with a thin sun-baked slab and ended with this great 40 foot steep curtain that was a bit thin in places but great fun to climb! I will add a time lapse video later once I get the new iMovie!

We rigged a top-rope on this 100 foot climb. It started with a thin sun-baked slab and ended with this great 40 foot steep curtain that was a bit thin in places but great fun to climb! I will add a time lapse video later once I get the new iMovie!

Feeling good after a few laps on this we moved further left and found this great little route:

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This short grade 3ish start lead to 200 feet of fun grade 2 with a little bulge near the top and great views of Rainbow Slabs all the way to the Covered Bridge…

 

Bob topping out the 150 foot section of neve-like climbing...

Bob topping out the 150 foot section of neve-like climbing...

 

A rope stretching 200 foot rappel got us to the ground, where we packed up and headed for the car (and ultimately the Moat Brewery of course).

While we didn’t get our ideal climb in, we enjoyed the exploring and time spent in a beautiful place, and who knows, winter is not over yet!

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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2 Responses to 2-10-09 Day off, let’s go for a walk in the wilderness…

  1. David Lottmann says:

    How did you stumble across this old post Chris?

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