Red Rocks Climbing Trip Spring 2011

After a 4 year hiatus I finally returned to Red Rocks, Nevada for another great week of climbing. This time I opted not to camp and instead fell in with a group of Connecticut AMC Mountaineers who had rented a large house in Summerlin. It was nice not to fly with the additional luggage of camping gear, especially with the high rates airlines are charging for excessive luggage these days!

Red Rocks is the place in the US for long moderate multi-pitch traditional routes. They also have epic sport climbing if that is your thing. We got in 3 great multi-pitch trad routes, two which I had not previously done, a relatively fast ascent of the Grade IV stellar climb Solar Slab, and a nice relaxing day clipping bolts in Calico Basin.

Next year I may plan to do a bit of guiding out there, so if you’re interested check back next February/March when I’ll have more details.

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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