7-28-09 Discover Rock Climbing Course

Lydia and Caitlin came up from the Kittery ME, Dover NH area for a taste of outdoor rock climbing after trying it in the gym. This was a great graduation present from Lydia’s parents!

After a short hike to Square Ledge we started with some knots...

After a short hike to Square Ledge we started with some knots...

With a "slingshot" belay we started working on climbing technique...

With a "slingshot" belay we started working on climbing technique...

Then we really got climbing!

Then we really got climbing!

Caitlin finding her way to the 1st anchor on our climb...

Caitlin finding her way to the 1st anchor on our climb...

The 2nd climb we did is the appropriately named "Chimney", rated 5.6

The 2nd climb we did is the appropriately named "Chimney", rated 5.6

Tricky starts demand...

Tricky starts demand...

Attentive Belayers!

Attentive Belayers!

Mount Washington in the background...

Mount Washington in the background...

Next we tried "The Brain", rated 5.8 this one is tricky!

Next we tried "The Brain", rated 5.8 this one is tricky!

Lydia finds a creative way to rest...

Lydia finds a creative way to rest...

Coming down shows how steep this climb is!

Coming down shows how steep this climb is!

We finished the day rappelling the 165 foot West Face we had climbed that morning...

We finished the day rappelling the 165 foot West Face we had climbed that morning...

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The two of you were a pleasure to climb with. Very supportive of each other and full of positive energy. I am certain going to separate colleges will not strain your friendship in the least bit! Enjoy the rest of your summer vacation and good luck starting college next year (with a new hobby)!

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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