Private Rock Climbing, August 9th 2012

Yesterday I had the pleasure of climbing with husband and wife Eric and Elizabeth. This Pennsylvania couple was excited to get introduced to the sport with aspirations of caving and canyoneering out west in the near future. Throughout the day they had lots of good questions and were fully engaged in learning. Both were quick studies and despite a slightly late start we put in some mileage!

Whitehorse Ledge

Looking down at the first belay on Beginners Route, Whitehorse Ledge

Looking good!

Looking down Pitch 2 of Beginners Route

Erik rappelling from the top of pitch 3

On our way down

Elizabeth learning about crack climbing technique on Kiddy Crack, Cathedral Legde

Glad to have reached the top of this one!

Erik learning the power of the layback!

Elizabeth getting one more climb in on the Thin Air Face

The weather was just perfect with enough overcast to keep us relatively cool. We even tried our hand at bouldering on the way back to the car. I could tell these 2 had found a new hobby to pursue and look forward to helping them reach their climbing goals in the near future!

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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One Response to Private Rock Climbing, August 9th 2012

  1. Pitch #2 of Beginner’s is one of the most memorable and the archetypal White Horse pitch. Kiddy crack is an impressive route for a new climber too!

    These NH routes with names like “Childs Play”, “Beginner’s” and “Kiddy” keep us motivated to someday graduate to routes not named after toddlers. But don’t let the names discourage you, when you travel to distant crags you’ll be pleasantly surprised 😉


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