Alpine Climbing

Chamonix Randomness

More than halfway through the AMGA Advanced Alpine Guide’s Course on the early morning telepherique I learn that “it’s not nice to make the local guides get in before you!”… There is etiquette and manners and then their is the mountain guide hierarchy here in the chamonix valley. As an aspiring IFMG/UIAGM Aspirant Guide I’m...

Petzl Trigrest

If you geek-out hard about alpine climbing gear, you will have noted that many manufacturers have begun to develop handy, moveable, pinky or trigger rests for Mountaineering axes. Some of the more popular axes with this feature are the Grivel air tech evo (equipped with the “slider”) and the Petzl Aztarex. The consensus has been...

Cham training

“Watch this guy, this is a very good technique”, said in heavily accented English during my first alpine route in Chamonix. I was halfway up the route Arete des Cosmiques “mock-guiding” a friend through a technical transition, when a group of Dutch mountain guide trainees caught up with us. Despite the initial praise from their...

to Wyoming!

I’m headed to Leadville to prepare for an Alpine Mountaineering trip taking place out in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. This course is part of the Colorado Mountain College outdoor recreation and leadership Associates Degree program.  As an esteemed adjunct faculty member, I get the pleasure of instructing the some fine and motivated individuals. So… for...

More internet waste from OR…

It’s like spending four days straight in a giant big-box outdoor store. Interesting at first, but a good reminder that I truly don’t have what it takes to make a career out of retail sales. Anyways, here are some highlights from the show. TetonAT and Wildsnow.com both have some good posts of their take on...