What’s ahead for North East Alpine Start?

While it has been a little quiet here since the winter guiding season wound down I’ve been quite busy on numerous projects that you might be interested in. The first of which is researching and writing an article for an adventure magazine launching this summer, Wild Northeast.


The hook of this piece is highlighting some of the outstanding but less visited slab climbing destinations in the White Mountains.


Pine Mountain Slab, Gorham NH

Researching these destinations often times requires a bit of bushwhacking, which synchronizes well with another assignment I am working on, reviewing the latest hand-held and watch based GPS devices for the Gear Institute as their new “GPS Expert Tester”.


Suunto Ambit3 Vertical and Traverse


Over the last few years of blogging I have discovered one of my favorite things to do is review outdoor gear in a detailed and hopefully constructive way and I’m excited to be able to do this in a formal capacity with GI. I’m testing multiple models from Magellan, Suunto, and Garmin with results posting in July.

While I plan to keep posting trip reports and photos from each guided day these reviews seem to be what has really driven an increase in traffic to this blog. Last year saw huge growth in readership and this year has already reached half of last years visitation.

blog traffic

I want to first thank my readers and followers on WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. It is because of you all that companies are willing to support my blogging through product demos, so THANK YOU!

A second big shout out to all the companies that have supported this endeavor with product demos:


Black Diamond

Colonial Knives

Friendly Foot


HyperLite Mountain Gear




Looking ahead at the next month while there won’t be too much guiding until summer I’ll be spending a lot of time in the field for product testing. I’ll run a few more gear giveaways (Congrats to Todd R for winning the last contest!), so if you want to hear about some outback climbing destinations or some of the newest outdoor gear on the market please follow me on one (or all) of these channels!

WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

As always thanks for reading, and 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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