Climbing with Martin

Last year Martin attempted Mount Washington with me, and we were turned back at Lion’s Head due to some very harsh weather. This year Martin returned, all the way from Denmark, to make another attempt. I had two days to climb with him so we started at Frankenstein for some ice climbing, and attacked Washington yesterday. We moved quickly and made the summit by 11:50am, my earliest guided summit yet! Visibility was pretty poor but careful use of route flags and solid map & compass skills kept us on track.

Frankenstein Trestle

The Trestle Slab

Trestle Slab

Standard Route

Approaching Standard Route

Looking up from inside the Standard Route Cave

Martin follows the first pitch

Rappelling from the cave

Breaking tree-line on the Lion’s Head Winter Route

A rare shot of the guide

Visibility worsened above Lion’s Head

These route wands were key to staying on route, I de-iced some and relocated others as we ascended...

Obligatory summit photo

On the descent

Clouds break just below Lion’s Head

Summit conditions that day...

Thanks for a fun two days Martin, hope to see you back again next winter for a new adventure!

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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