AMC Teen Wild Adventure Camp and another Learn to Lead Day

Last week I got to spend 3 days with a great group of kids partaking in week long Teen Wilderness Adventure Summer Camp and finished my work week yesterday with a private Learn to Lead & Self-Rescue course with repeat client Spencer. First, some pics of these motivated kids:

T-shirt says it all!

T-shirt says it all!

Abby enjoying the classic "Chimney"

Abby enjoying the classic “Chimney”

Our group on pitch 4 of Beginner's Route

Our group on pitch 4 of Beginner’s Route

Kevin's group heading down Cormier-Magness route

Kevin’s group heading down Cormier-Magness route

Top of pitch 4 of Beginner's Route

Top of pitch 4 of Beginner’s Route

Abby on Kiddy Crack

Abby on Kiddy Crack

Yesterday I got to head back out with Spencer. I’d climbed quite a bit of ice with Spencer at Mt. Willard, Frankenstein, and Cathedral, but we hadn’t climbed any rock yet together. Spencer had started to lead climb and wanted to work on his trad skills. We had an info packed morning session at the scenic “classroom” ledge before climbing Upper Refuse, and setting up some mock leads at the North End to round out our day. Despite questionable weather forecasts it was a perfect day!

Spencer finishes up Upper Refuse

Spencer finishes up Upper Refuse

Congrats to Travis D. who won the gear giveaway contest from my last post. He’ll be the proud new owner of an excellent harness knife by Colonial Knives!

Stay tuned tomorrow for my review on the Petzl Cordex Belay Gloves!

PETZL Men's Cordex Belay Gloves

PETZL Men’s Cordex Belay Gloves

Thanks for reading! See you in the mountains!


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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