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!

-NEAlpineStart

About David Lottmann

David has devoted his entire adult life to climbing - pushing his grade on recreational objectives and working as a professional mountain guide. After a stint in the United States Marine Corp, he was hired as a rock and ice instructor and since has expanded his repertoire to include alpine, skiing and avalanche education. David is an aspirant Rock Guide through the American Mountain Guide Association [AMGA], an American Institute for Avalanche Awareness and Education [AIARE] Course Leader, holds a Wilderness First Responder [WFR] and is a volunteer member of Mountain Rescue Service [MRS] and Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue [AVSAR]. In his free time, you will find David blogging, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, skiing, sharing micro-brews with friends or in the kitchen working on a new recipe in his home town of Conway, New Hampshire. He resides there with his wife, Michelle, his son, Alex and daughter, Madalena.
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