Upper Refuse with Mackenzie

A good friend called me a couple weeks ago to see if I could take a close friend of his family climbing who was visiting from down South. I agreed to introduce Mackenzie to some of the fine multi-pitch trad we have in the valley and had a long list of routes I figured we could cruise in good time. Mother Nature decided to crank up the heat though, and with the mercury pushing triple digits it took all we had to get in one climb. I have never felt the black rock on Cathedral as hot as it was today. Some holds were so hot to the touch you could not keep your hands on them for but a few seconds. Scorcher, for sure. We were off the cliff by 11am and I was off to the river for the rest of the day with the pooch.

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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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