Welcome to Northeast Alpine Start

What is an “Alpine Start”?

North East Alpine Start
North East Alpine Start

Essentially it means getting up early to reach a goal while objective danger is lower. Many mountains require pre-dawn starts so climbers can move through areas that would be more exposed to rockfall or avalanches during the warmest parts of the day. As such, an “alpine start” is simply a strategy of maximizing your chance of success while managing the inherent risks of climbing mountains. I’ve always found this motivating ideal a worthwhile concept in all walks of life, whether during my military service, climbing, business, or personal. Get up early. Get it done. Get home safe.

Why a blog?

Originally this blog started in 2009 as a simple way to share photos of clients from hundreds of days teaching rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, back-county skiing, and avalanche safety courses for Eastern Mountain Sports Schools. These brief trip reports are now found in the Trip Report section. Over time it also became a platform for showcasing some of the best outdoor gear related to those pursuits through product reviews in the “Review Zone“. It has grown to now include a “Skill Zone” featuring some of the best mountain skill advice around. The “Lectures & Courses Zone” highlights the specific skills I teach. A “Supporter Zone” highlights some great outdoor gear companies that have supported this blog in one way or another, and a “Useful Websites Zone” highlights some great resources for planning your next Northeast mountain adventure.

3 things motivate this blog;

  1. My desire to share the days I have introducing guests from all walks of life to the benefits of climbing and skiing in the mountains.
  2. Knowing people like to see and read about our adventures (consider subscribing at the top right!)
  3. Testing quality outdoor gear in some of the harshest conditions on a regular basis, and sharing what works (and what doesn’t) with my readers. Gear companies that produce items designed for all aspects of mountaineering can contact me at nealpinestart@gmail.com.

TRAFFIC

I thank both my clients who continue to climb with me and the companies who have been supporting my gear review section for this growth.

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BIOGRAPHY

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 Ortovox Team Athlete, an expert gear tester at the Gear Institute, 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.

 

CONTACT

You can reach me at nealpinestart@gmail.com.

David Lottmann is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

10 thoughts on “Welcome to Northeast Alpine Start

  1. Hey Dave,
    I had a great time with you Wednesday. Dani and I were psyched we didn’t get an ego for an instructor! You were patient, encouraging, informative and FUN. I look forward to taking another class from you, possibly working on technique.? Justin and I try to come up 4-5 days a month all year round so maybe we’ll run into each other. I don’t know if you’re on FB but I’ll have some pics on my page and the EMS-Hyannis page. Thanks again Dave. I’ll highly recommend that people request you although I can’t promise they’ll be as awesome as us:)!

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    • Thanks Danielle,
      You ladies were a pleasure to climb with as well. Seems like you’ve known each other for way longer than a month! I am on Facebook, I’ll look for you there. Thank you for the future referrals and I hope I see you and Justin out on the cliffs soon. Be well, -Dave

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  2. Hi Dave:
    I did an ice class with you in Febuary. I like the cleaner look of your blog. I was hoping to do an outdoor class with you in September but I think that’s on hold. I dislocated my right shoulder mountain biking…hit a deer…well she hit me. Anyway… now I’m aiming to heal up. I’ll be intouch in the winter for more ice.

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    • Hey Edward,
      Glad you like the new look. I don’t have too much time to format the blog but wordpress makes it pretty easy to post quickly. Sorry to hear about your shoulder. Did you take the deer to court? Get well soon and looking forward to getting back on the ice with you. If we continue to have this much precip it may be a banner ice year as long as it gets cold!

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      • Thankfully deers are not as litigious as humans. This has been a very wet year. I have a buddy who’s itching to get me up on Whitehorse for some slab time..not alot of shoulder work so maybe in a couple weeks…if it stops raining !

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  3. Dave,

    my girlfriend Fanny (french) and I had a great time with you in early september. I’ll never forget the feeling of satisfaction from completing the hardest climb (the one with the Brain). Talking with you about life was really just as great. You made it a special experience.

    Is there a chance you can post/send pics somehow?

    Scott

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    • Hello Scott,

      I remember you and Fanny, and the good day we had, but I am afraid I did not remember to take my camera with me that day. I am very sorry I did not get any pictures from that trip! Please accept my apologies, and if we ever climb together again I promise to be on the ball with the photography!

      – Sincerely, Dave

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  4. Hey Dave!!! Thank you so much for my first time rock climbing. You were an awesome instructor, very patient and professional. I want to go again!!! I think I’m hooked….I’m spreading the word to everyone I know 🙂

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  5. September 12, 2016
    If I was ever lost in the woods or on a mountain top in the worst weather conditions you can imagine I would want to be with David Lottmann. I came to this conclusion after I took a course called Wilderness Navigation 101 through AMC taught by Dave. His knowledge of navigating safely through the outdoors is incredible and I feel fortunate that I was able to take his class. I will be looking for more classes taught by him. Regarding the class, I knew somewhat on how to use a compass, but after the class that included a really cool bush whack I feel much more comfortable, knowlegible or maybe the word is empowered with my new abilities using and reading a compass and the other navigation tricks David taught us. But of course I will not forget to give Mother Nature great respect. Anyone looking to enhance their abilities in the great outdoors should take this and other courses taught by Dave.

    Best regards,
    Andrew Papalegis

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  6. Dave,
    It was an absolute pleasure for me and my son trekking with you on April 29, 2017! You’re a great guide and instructor and we will definitely be back for more adventures. Pics and video are awesome; thanks for leading and capturing a special day for us!

    All the best,
    Eric & Jarlath Riley

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