I’ve had a great couple of days of teaching some truly motivated and inspired students in two very different activities.

On Friday, fellow Crested Butte Mountain Guide Ian Hatchett and I made the short drive down to the Lake City Ice Park to teach an Ice Climbing Instructor course for the Wilderness Persuits program at Western State College. Yes that’s right Lake City has it’s very own ice park, without the long drive, hoards of climbers and the overall production of the more famous big brother in Ouray to the west. The park down there in LC is small, but in my opinion this is a very good thing.

Lake City Ice Park

Lake City Ice Park

We had a great day discussing the many intricacies of safely managing climbers in the frozen waterfall realm. The instructor crew was not only motivated, but also quite knowledgeable about advanced topics and are looking forward to providing some excelling introductory ice climbing courses for the students at Western. Those of you fortunate enough to be currently enrolled at Western can check out ‘W.P.’ programs here otherwise contact me for private ice guiding and/or instruction.—

Saturday was one of the most beautiful days of the winter and a super fun CBMG Avalanche Refresher course. This was my first time ever teaching the new ‘refresher’ course and I was probably just as excited as our students. The refresher course is a day of ‘bringing it all together’ in a backcountry day tour with feedback and refinement of students’ terrain selection and overall decision making process. We also re-explored the planning and preparation stages of our backcountry outing and at the end of the day all the students were scheming to get more days off of work to get out and ski!

Brynn and Karen Tour Planning

Brynn and Karen Tour Planning

The refresher is designed for those who have taken a level I avalanche course in the past, who want to re explore the course curriculum after gaining some experience in the backcountry on their own. All agreed that this was a truly educational and empowering day in the backcountry with a solid knowledgeable group… Thanks for a great day y’all.

Gothic Mountain in the spectacular evening glow.

Gothic Mountain in the spectacular evening glow.

What’s Next??

Colorado in January almost always means cold. And where better to experience brisk temperatures and skin freezing wind then the high alpine hamlet of Leadville! That’s right, I’ll be in Lead-Vegas most of January teaching Avy 1 Courses and Ice Climbing with Colorado Mountain College. The first avy program starts tomorrow and all three programs are FULL. Too bad for you!

Mike Bromberg

Mike Bromberg