Private Rock Climbing on Whitehorse & Cathedral Ledge

Lynn came up from Portsmouth today with a little bit of gym climbing and Pawtuckaway top-roping experience under her belt. She hadn’t done any multi-pitch climbing yet and wanted to work on her fear of heights & exposure. An avid runner and outgoing person I knew we would have a great day together. We started our morning at Whitehorse Ledge and climbed 4 pitches of Beginner’s Route to work on building trust in both our feet, and the climbing system.

Looking down 1st pitch of Beginner's Route with Cranmore Ski Mountain in the background

Looking down 1st pitch of Beginner’s Route with Cranmore Ski Mountain in the background

Rappelling from pitch 4 of Begineer's Route

Rappelling from pitch 4 of Beginner’s Route

We drove over to Cathedral Ledge and grabbed some lunch after checking out the new trail work happening up there.

Mulched burms

Mulched burms

New access to the fenced outlook

New access to the fenced outlook

After grabbing a bite to eat up top we made out way down to the top of the Barber Wall and rapped down Chicken Delight.

Doesn't look scare of heights here does she?

Doesn’t look scare of heights here does she?

Over to Upper Refuse we went…

Type 1 Fun

Pitch 1: Type 1 Fun

Key foot out right "Type 2 fun"

Pitch 2: Key foot out right “Type 2 fun”

Almost the top... Type 2.5 fun?

Pitch 3: Almost the top… Type 2.5 fun?

Despite having some very real issues with heights & exposure Lynn pushed herself quite a bit outside her “comfort” zone and made some great progress through-out the day. With trips planned to bigger peaks in Central America I hope to see her up here again pushing herself and gaining confidence on the rock.

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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