12-30-09 Mountaineering 201 Course

Justin and Kevin had both taken previous Mountaineering Courses with us so they returned to add to their skills, with ambitions of climbing Mt. Washington and perhaps Rainier in the not to distant future.

We geared up on the auto road of Cathedral Ledge, with a handful of great climbs only a few minutes from the car...

We refreshed some of our lower angle climbing skills...

Justin prepares to climb and Kevin mans the belay...

We talked about and practiced placing ice screws...

Anchored in about 60 feet up our first climb...

Nearing the top of the climb Kevin takes a swing...

Justin finishing the route...

Justin rappels down the steeper North End Pillars...

Kevin follows...

With a top-rope in place we worked on our steeper ice technique...

Justin looking for the next move...

The top of the climb!

Thanks for returning to the EMS Climbing School! You guys are both on your way to reaching your climbing goals, and I hope I can be part of them again!

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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