Ice Climbing 201

Yesterday I got to take 4 guys ice climbing as the 2nd day of our 3 Day Accelerated Mountaineering Program. They had already spent day one learning the basics of crampon and ice axe use so today we added in some multi-pitch climbing skills and ascended the beautiful Silver Cascade in Crawford Notch. It was quite cool climbing beside open waterfalls on solid ice and hearing the water running near us during much of the day. Despite a very busy weekend we had the climb to ourselves and enjoyed over 1,100 feet of climbing.

Climbing the first of many pitches

Climbing the first of many pitches

Hanging at a belay

Hanging at a belay

Silver Cascade, Crawford Notch

Silver Cascade, Crawford Notch

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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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