Thin Air & Fall Colors with Manny

It’s definitely still rock climbing season in the Mount Washington Valley! Yesterday regular client Manny joined me for some fun on Cathedral Ledge. We started the chilly morning up at the classroom to review some anchoring strategies but the NW 15-20 mph wind combined with 40 degree temps had us heading down to the Thin Air face to get warmed up by 9:30. A visiting party was about to start and offered to let us jump on the route ahead of them. I was very gracious as I knew we would move fast and stay a lot warmer if we weren’t behind a party on-sighting the route.

Manny on the classic Thin Air Traverse, Cathedral Ledge

Manny on the classic Thin Air Traverse, Cathedral Ledge

The clouds cleared out as we started the 3rd pitch and the sun kept us quite comfy for the rest of the route.

Thin Air Cathedral Ledge

All smiles on the crux 4th pitch of Thin Air

We topped out at 11:15, had a quick snack, then made our way down to The North End for some crack climbing practice. We took a quick lap on Child’s Play (5.6), Kiddy Crack (5.7), and the unknown classic 1st pitch of Raise The Roof (5.8+), and called it a day.

Always a good time hanging with Manny, and I’m looking forward to introducing him to ice climbing in just a few months!

Reminder there are currently two gear giveaway contests running right now!

For chance to win the coolest climbing knife in the world or a bottle of the best foot powder on earth check out this post. Contest ends 11:59pm EST on 11/12/15

For a chance to win a bottle of the best foot powder on earth check out my latest gear review here! Contest ends at 11:59pm on 11/18/15.

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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