Family Rock Climbing at Square Ledge, 7-5-2013

The Simonds family from Massachusetts joined EMS Schools this past Friday for a picture perfect day of climbing. Forecast-ed heat and humidity had us heading to Square Ledge in Pinkham Notch. Almost 2000 feet higher than North Conway, we caught some steady cool breezes off of the eastern side of Mount Washington and pretty much had the crag to ourselves except for another EMS Schools/YMCA camp group. Definitely the nicest day of climbing I have had recently with a super fun-stoked family!

PNVC

PNVC

Square Ledge

Square Ledge

Shannon figuring it out

Shannon figuring it out

Reaching the top of "The Chimney", 5.6

Reaching the top of “The Chimney”, 5.6

Rich looking relaxed

Rich looking relaxed

Denise using her feet

Denise using her feet

Ground Control

Ground Control

Almost there

Almost there

Our view

Our view

Some baby chicks in a nearby nest

Some baby chicks in a nearby nest

Steph working on "The Brain" 5.8

Steph working on “The Brain” 5.8

Air time

Air time

Summit Photo

Summit Photo

After that we rappelled down the West Face to finish the day.

Shannon

Shannon

Denise

Denise

Steph

Steph

Rich

Rich

I had an excellent time sharing climbing with you guys. Given your past-time of back-country skiing I’m certain I’ll see one, or all, of you in an avalanche course this winter!

 

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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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