Kismet Rock Foundation

Every year I try to volunteer a day to help out with the Kistmet Rock Foundation.

“KRF enhances the physical, intellectual and emotional development of well-functioning but economically disadvantaged children by providing access to the immense value of a comprehensive and multi-dimensional education in technical rock climbing.”

That’s a mouthful huh? Bottom line, they get kids climbing that otherwise would not have had the opportunity. That, I can support! I had the pleasure of taking Drew, one of their seasoned kids, climbing on a number of fun routes on Cathedral Ledge. Here are some of the shots from the day, along with some pics of other Kismet kids I was able to get from nearby climbs.

photo by Rob Vandegrift

photo by Rob Vandegrift

photo by Rob Vandegrift

Drew, great climbing with you man. For those interested in Kismet and how you can help, (or attend), please visit

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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