Mountain Rescue Service Training 10-18-11

I haven’t had much outdoor time lately to blog about as I’ve been busy becoming a dad, so it was nice to get out  for a couple hours yesterday late afternoon for some high angle rescue training with Mountain Rescue Service. We spent a couple hours at Cathedral Ledge practicing how to package a victim on a cliff and either raise or lower them using a twin-tension system. High speed stuff for sure Frank Carus demonstrated than had us run through the drill with assistance from Kurt Winkler.

Prepping the litter

Rigging discussion

Starting demo as litter attendant

Frank demonstrates barrelman attachment to litter

Team runs through a scenario


The Mountain Rescue Service provides specialized technical teams comprised of world-class guides and climbers who volunteer their time and expertise in the service of hikers and climbers who need assistance, in and around the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

The team is ‘on call’ 24 hours per day, all seasons, with volunteers being mobilized for a full range of incidents: complicated multi-day and nighttime searches in the depth of winter throughout the White Mountain National Forest; technical rope rescues on the region’s many rock climbing cliffs; swift water rescue assistance; and lift evacuations at area ski resorts.

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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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