7-5-09 Private Rock Climbing

After what felt like an eternity of rain and no guiding work I had the great pleasure of climbing with Art & Carol, two close friends of a regular client and friend of mine, John Deangelis. You can see photos of John and I ice climbing earlier in this blog.

Gearing up at the car for a full day...

Gearing up at the car for a full day...

Expecting a busy cliff given the holiday weekend and break in the weather we started by driving up the auto road so a quick hike down to Upper Refuse would get us warmed up…
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Since Art and Carol are out lead climbing on their own we started discussing the finer points of belay management, protecting the second considerations, etc.

Art following the second pitch via the 5.6ish variation...

Art following the second pitch via the 5.6ish variation...

Carol pulls the small overlap with a side-pull and high step...

Carol pulls the small overlap with a side-pull and high step...

The 2nd Belay Ledge is pretty comfortable

The 2nd Belay Ledge is pretty comfortable

The view isn't to bad from here either!

The view isn't to bad from here either!

Art nearing the top of the climb with some exposure...

Art nearing the top of the climb with some exposure...

Carol nearing the top...

Carol nearing the top...

Echo Lake is in the background...

Echo Lake is in the background...

After topping out we made our way to the bottom of the cliff and hiked up to Thin Air. There were a couple parties on the 2nd pitch so we decided to eat a quick lunch and then start up.

Another party on the Thin Air Face

Another party on the Thin Air Face

Saco River is visible to the north...

Saco River is visible to the north...

Crossing the traverse on Pitch 2 of Thin Air

Crossing the traverse on Pitch 2 of Thin Air

After this we realized the party on the pitch above was a party of 4. We decided not to get stuck behind them and Art and Carol both took a quick TR on the 5.8r climb, Thinner, directly below the anchor here. After rappelling we made our way to the North End of the cliff for a run on the 5.7, Kiddy Crack.

It was a great day with perfect temps, dry rock (for the most part), and great company. I knew when meeting you guys last winter that we would climb well together and I thank John for the solid recommendation. You are both a pleasure to climb and to grab a pint with! Hope to see you again soon!

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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