A Day With Kismet

I try to volunteer at least 1 day a summer to the Kismet Rock Foundation. Kismet Rock Foundation (KRF) offers comprehensive courses in rock climbing and mountaineering to children who, because of financial limitations, would not otherwise have access to such an education. Today was one of the last days of a 4 year crew of 15-16 yr. old kids. They’ve attended 1 week a summer for 4 years and graduation was right around the corner.

Gearing up at the base of Cathedral Ledge

Adam stylin’ Bombardment

3 Kismet kids on Upper Refuse after we finished Black Lung

and Matt

The 4 of us climbed Bombardment to Black Lung, and finished up Upper Refuse just as it hit 91 degrees. As always climbing with these kids was a blast and I’m looking forward to squeezing another volunteer day in before the end of the season. Please check out their mission in the link above and see if you would like to support them!

After saying my goodbyes I got to check out the new decent trail Mike Jewell just told me about. Great 12 minute walk back to the bottom

New Descent Trail

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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