AMC Teen Wilderness Camp and Private Rock Climbing

Last week I got to spend three great days with 6 kids in the AMC Teen Wilderness Program and yesterday with Kathy and Carl in a Private Rock Climbing Course.

On the first day of the AMC Program we started at the Classroom and practiced some movement skills.

EMS Schools Guide Craig Porter explains how using a flake to lay back on can help one's feet stay glued to the wall...

EMS Schools Guide Craig Porter explains how using a flake to lay back on can help one’s feet stay glued to the wall…

After the bouldering session everyone experienced a few rappels down the cliff.

Sophia goes over the edge

Sophia goes over the edge

We spent the rest of the first day top-roping at The North End. On the second day we headed over to the Echo Roof area at Whitehorse Ledge. Everyone got to climb Ladies & Gentleman, Holy Land, and Relic Hunter by lunch.

Miranda lowers off of Holy Land

Miranda lowers off of Holy Land

Patrick finds his way up Relic Hunter

Patrick finds his way up Relic Hunter

Dennis starts up Ladies & Gentleman

Dennis starts up Ladies & Gentleman

Shortly after moving over to Beezlebub Corner & Seventh Seal and rain shower blew through and shortened our day a bit. On our 3rd day we started with multi-pitch climbs on the slabs, reaching the overlaps 600 feet up before rappelling back to Terra firma for some lunch.

Teamwork at the sandwich factory

Teamwork at the sandwich factory

We headed back to the climbs we were rained off of the day prior.

Patrick starts up Seventh Seal

Patrick starts up Seventh Seal

Tiara gets creative on Seventh Seal

Tiara gets creative on Seventh Seal

We wrapped our third day up and said goodbye as the group left for many more days of backpacking & kayaking adventures. Working with these kids is quite rewarding and I’m looking forward to the next group coming later this week.

Yesterday Kathy & Carl joined me for the first of a two day Private Rock Climbing course. Both had a fair amount of gym experience and were starting to make the transition to outdoor climbing. We started our day at the Classroom and covered anchoring strategies before enjoying a run up Upper Refuse. We spent the afternoon down at the North End looking at top-rope management issues and working on some crack climbing techniques. They are out again with another guide today and I hope I get a chance to climb with them again.

Carl at the top of Upper Refuse

Carl at the top of Upper Refuse

Cathy at the top of Upper Refuse

Cathy at the top of Upper Refuse

Thanks for reading! See you in the mountains,

-NEAlpineStart

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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