6-11-09 elite military unit training!

Got to work with an elite military unit who were taking a 8 day intensive climbing course from us! These guys were fit, motivated, and out-going. The constant semi-positive “heckling” that occurred through-out the day really brought me back to my previous time in the service. I didn’t get too many photos, since getting 9 people up Fun House and Upper Refuse and then rapping all the way back down often takes two hands!

 

Half-way up the cliff some of us regroup on the large tree ledge...

Half-way up the cliff some of us regroup on the large tree ledge...

 

Got to look tough when working with these guys...

Got to look tough when working with these guys...

Good spirits 100 feet from the top...

Good spirits 100 feet from the top...

 

Use the handhold...

Use the handhold...

too find the foot holds!

to find the foot holds!

 

Two 200 foot long rappels got us back to the ground...

Two 200 foot long rappels got us back to the ground...

I would like to thank all nine of you for climbing with us but especially for your service! Godspeed with your upcoming deployments, climb safe, stay safe, and get back stateside when the mission is complete. Semper Fi.

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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