8-11-09 and 8-13-09 Rock Climbing with the Koury Family!

This is the 5th year the Koury’s have come up to climb with us and it is always such a great time! Joe and Holli have 3 great boys who have improved their climbing skills dramatically over the years climbing with us. We started our 1st day with some warm up rappelling and top-roping at Jockey Cap.

We started our two day climbing program at Jockey Cap, in nearby Fryeburg, ME...

We started our two day climbing program at Jockey Cap, in nearby Fryeburg, ME...

Andy on rappel...

Andy on rappel...

Holli on rappel...

Holli on rappel...

The weather was nice in the morning...

The weather was nice in the morning...

The boys climbed well despite steep wet rock!

The boys climbed well despite steep wet rock!

Joe scoping out the route...

Joe scoping out the route...

He's just walking up the rock!

He's just walking up the rock!

Dad's on belay duty...

Dad's on belay duty...

Later that afternoon we started hearing the tell-tale “boomers” of a gathering thunderstorm in the distance. We pulled our ropes and made it back to the car minutes before the 1st rain drops. During the short drive back to the school we got some very heavy rain, winds, and even a little hail! Good adventure to be sure!

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Two days later we met up again, this time for a longer “multi-pitch” day of climbing on Cathedral Ledge.

Conrad at the 1st pitch anchor with Nick and Joe

Conrad at the 1st pitch anchor with Nick and Joe

Andy hanging out at the "hanging belay" stance...

Andy hanging out at the "hanging belay" stance...

Andy climbing the 2nd pitch of "Upper Refuse"

Andy climbing the 2nd pitch of "Upper Refuse"

Mike and Andy at the 2nd Belay Ledge...

Mike and Andy at the 2nd Belay Ledge...

Andy nears the top of the climb...

Andy nears the top of the climb...

Mike isn't far behind...

Mike isn't far behind...

Joe only feet from the top!

Joe only feet from the top!

Andy tries a difficult little "finger crack" called Little Feat

Andy tries a difficult little "finger crack" called Little Feat

Mike found it a challenge as well...

Mike found it a challenge as well...

We finished the day with two 200 foot rappels back down to the ground...

We finished the day with two 200 foot rappels back down to the ground...

Between trout fishing in the northern woods to rock climbing in the White Mountains, it sounds like you guys had a great family vacation this summer! It is great climbing with you all and joining you for breakfast at The Nereledge Inn. Thank you for continuing to climb with Conrad and I and we both hope to see you this winter to try your hand at ice climbing! Be well Koury’s!

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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