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 has devoted his entire adult life to climbing - pushing his grade on recreational objectives and working as a professional mountain guide. After a stint in the United States Marine Corp, he was hired as a rock and ice instructor and since has expanded his repertoire to include alpine, skiing and avalanche education. David is an aspirant Rock Guide through the American Mountain Guide Association [AMGA], an American Institute for Avalanche Awareness and Education [AIARE] Course Leader, holds a Wilderness First Responder [WFR] and is a volunteer member of Mountain Rescue Service [MRS] and Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue [AVSAR]. In his free time, you will find David blogging, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, skiing, sharing micro-brews with friends or in the kitchen working on a new recipe in his home town of Conway, New Hampshire. He resides there with his wife, Michelle, his son, Alex and daughter, Madalena.
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