The Munter Hitch: History, Formation, and Applications
Ice Climbing – Northeast Alpine Start
by David Lottmann
1w ago
The Munter Hitch is one of the most valuable knots used in climbing and every climber should become familiar with this versatile hitch. While Werner Munter didn’t invent the hitch, a few Italian’s did in the 1950s, he was the one who popularized it in the 1970s and why it bears his name. This hitch ..read more
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Preventing Rappelling Accidents: How to Safely Use Girth Hitched Rappel Rings
Ice Climbing – Northeast Alpine Start
by David Lottmann
1M ago
On April 28th, 2024 a climber fell almost 400 feet sustaining serious injuries when their rappel system failed. The suspected mechanism of failure was an improperly threaded girth hitched rappel ring. In this video I demonstrate how this occurrence is possible. Some key take home points; Alpine Savvy also has a nice post with more ..read more
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Mastering the Clove Hitch: Essential Knot Tying Techniques
Ice Climbing – Northeast Alpine Start
by David Lottmann
1M ago
The Clove Hitch is the most common knot used to secure oneself to an anchor and in this video I share the multiple ways I have learned to tie this excellent hitch. The first method I learned was to create the two asymmetrical loops and then “slide” the loops in front or behind each other ..read more
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Optimized Figure Eight Knot: Essential Steps for Tying
Ice Climbing – Northeast Alpine Start
by David Lottmann
1M ago
The first knot most climbers learn is the “Retraced Figure Eight” knot. While a minority of climbers choose to connect the rope to their harness with a double bowline knot most of the climbing guides and instructors I have met greatly prefer to the more easily recognizable Figure Eight. Since there are a few ways ..read more
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My Ice Climbing Kit
Ice Climbing – Northeast Alpine Start
by David Lottmann
5M ago
While the New England ice climbing season is off to a bit of a sluggish start a follower recently asked if I had a gear list for what I take ice climbing. Thanks for the inspiration for this post Kyle! I’m going to list items in the order that I usually pack my pack. Hyperlite ..read more
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Common Use FRS Zone Channels in the White Mountains
Ice Climbing – Northeast Alpine Start
by David Lottmann
6M ago
With the welcomed increase of backcountry travelers using FRS and GMRS radios for internal group communication it is time we utilize a “Common Use Zone” system to improve group to group communication in the most popular zones of our region. Modeled after the Utah Avalanche Center’s “Group to Group Radio Channel Initiative” this system would ..read more
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Gear Review: Black Diamond First Light Stretch Hoody
Ice Climbing – Northeast Alpine Start
by David Lottmann
6M ago
I’ve been testing the new Black Diamond First Light Stretch Hoody since early October and after a half dozen trips into the alpine with it I’m ready to share my thoughts. TLDR Version: This is an outstanding addition to the “light puffy” market and I’m stoked to have this in my current rotation of outdoor ..read more
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Cyber Monday Guided Adventure & Education Sale
Ice Climbing – Northeast Alpine Start
by David Lottmann
7M ago
Today only, Monday, November 27th, 2023, you can book an adventure or course with Northeast Mountaineering and save some serious moo-lah! Basically if you book one of these adventures today you get to bring a friend for free! I’m going to share exactly what programs are eligible and what the out of pocket cost per ..read more
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Gear Review: Salewa Ortles Guide 35 Backpack
Ice Climbing – Northeast Alpine Start
by David Lottmann
1y ago
I’ve now had a couple months to test the new Salewa Ortles Guide 35 Backpack and I’m ready to publish my review! TLDR Version: The Salewa Ortles Guide 35 Backpack is a rugged lightweight technical backpack that is an excellent pick for general mountaineering, waterfall ice climbing, and ski mountaineering. How I Tested: I’ve taken ..read more
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Gear Review: AKU Hayatsuki GTX Mountaineering Boots
Ice Climbing – Northeast Alpine Start
by David Lottmann
2y ago
I’ve had a few months to demo and review the Italian made AKU Hayatsuki Mountaineering Boots and I’m ready to share my opinion on them! Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way first. I first heard of this company through a social media ad and I purchased a pair of the AKU Rock DFS ..read more
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