This guiding season has been the busiest I can remember, and I’ve been fortunate to guide 4-5 days a week. It hasn’t left much time for blogging since I spend my free time adventuring with Alex. Check out my recent post on http://www.adventurewithalex.com to see what we’ve been up to.
I’ve uploaded the last few weeks of photos to the EMS Schools Facebook page, here’s a link to the album:
See you in the mountains!
Yesterday I enjoyed another day on the rocks with an AMC Camp Group. This group in particular loved the teamwork involved with belaying and back-up belays. From carrying ropes to the cliff to helping each other with belays and support this was a really great group to work with. And the weather! We are really having a great climbing season this year, knock on wood!
This past Saturday I met an incredibly enthusiastic aspiring climber, James, and headed off to Whitehorse Ledge. After some “ground school” we cruised 600 feet up to Lunch Ledge. After taking in the view we made our way back down in 3 double rope rappels, then headed over to Cathedral. Unfortunately our day was cut short unexpectedly, but I’m happy to know I’ll be climbing with James again in the very near future.
Last Friday I had a blast with the amazing girls from Camp Robindel. This is the 2nd year this camp has sent a group of campers to us for some rock climbing instruction and I’ve been lucky to guide them both times. These 11 year old girls spend 7 weeks at this camp, and despite having only been there for about a week I could tell how quickly camp builds friendships and bonds. They were super supportive of each other while climbing, belaying, and rappelling. I look forward to seeing the next group they send us!
Last week I got to spend the day with an AMC camp group at Cathedral Ledge. We started over on the Thin Air face with a few top-ropes, then had a scenic lunch at the top of the cliff, followed by a rappel from “the classroom”. The kids liked rappelling so much they wanted more, so we headed down to the Barber Wall for an airy rappel before wrapping up the day.
Great kids, great weather, great times!
Recent Concord NH transplant and former soldier David joined us for a day of 1v1 Private Rock Climbing instruction. The luxury of a 1:1 ratio allowed us to get in over 900 feet of climbing and 600 feet of rappelling. David was a sponge taking in the info and I am really looking forward to our next day on the cliff together… this guy is hooked!
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Yesterday wrapped up a fun three days with YMCA Frost Valley Campers. We beat the weather every day and got plenty of climbing in at Square Ledge, Lost Horizon, and Whitehorse!
Rest of the pics here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154320498035084.1073741852.328763640083&type=1