8-7-09 1/2 Day Rock Climbing w/ Ilona

Throughout the morning climbing techniques came back to Ilona...

Throughout the morning climbing techniques came back to Ilona...

The 1st Pitch of the very classic Thin Air route (5.6)

The 1st Pitch of the very classic Thin Air route (5.6)

Today I met Ilona, originally a climber in Czech Republic 20 years ago she decided to come up from her current Boston residence and get back onto the rock. Since she had a long distance bike ride planned for the afternoon we just did a half day, top-roping on the Thin Air Face and at the North End of Cathedral.

Despite perfect temperatures the Thin Air Face was almost completely vacant!

Despite perfect temperatures the Thin Air Face was almost completely vacant!

Thanks for coming up for the morning Ilona. Perhaps we’ll see you again with your daughter next time! I hear she is quite the gym climber!

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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