1-13-10 and 1-14-10 Overnight Winter Camping

Tanner took a three day mountaineering course with us a few weeks ago. You might spot him in my blog from climbing Willey’s Slide. He expressed an interest in completing a Presidential Traverse, which is quite an undertaking in winter! To prepare him for that type of a trip we started with an overnight below tree-line.

The access road was gated a mile from the trailhead, so we started our hike there.

Flat terrain made traveling quick... a good warm up while snowshoeing...

After reaching the trailhead it was another mellow 2 miles to camp, at Shelter #1.

We opted for sleeping in the three walled shelter and settled in for negative 15 degree temps...

The next morning came with clearer conditions and we broke down our camp after breakfast...

Tanner got used to the weight of his pack, as evidenced by a quick hike back out to the trail head. We are planning on an overnight at or above tree-line soon, followed by a full on Presi-traverse later in the season! Stay tuned, and see you again soon Tanner!

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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