Rock Climbing Fast Track Course

This weekend I got to spend two days out on the rock with some great guys as they learned the basics of rock climbing. Saturday was forecasted a bit hot in the valley so Jeff, Carl, Will and I headed up to Square Ledge in Pinkham Notch to take advantage of the higher elevation and cooler temps. After learning how to tie-in and belay everyone got multiple top-rope laps on the West Face, then a full ascent of the West face followed by Top-Rope laps on The Chimney and The Brain. We finished the day with a rappell down the West Face.

Unfortunately I lost most the photos from the day when uploading from a new device due to user error. Sorry guys! Only one I salvaged from the day is Jeff on “The Brain”

Jeff on “The Brain”

Day 2 brought us to Whitehorse Ledge where an early start saw us topping out Standard Direct by 11:30am. We hiked over to the South Buttress and rappelled down Cold Day in Hell, then went over to Cathedral for a lap on Kiddy Crack to round out the day.

Whitehorse Ledge

At the pinch belay on Standard Route

Climbing the Arch, with Echo Lake in the background

For details on this program click http://www.emsexploration.com/climb/accelerated-intro-to-rock-climbing/

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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 and son Alex.
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