So, I'm home again, and although the Rockies are freezing cold it's nice to sleep in my own bed again and wake up to the alpin glow of Mount Rundle. The beauty of the Rocky Mountains never gets old to me.
For the past two weeks, I was in Squamish working on trying to pass my Assistant Rock Guides Exam. There were 8 of us in the group and although it was a hard week, in terms of focus and execution it was also a boat load of FUN. The guys in the group made the week pass much easier and I think we all came away with a better understanding of climbing, the joy and the risks involved and people in general. Thanks for that everyone. The fact that the weather was splitter didn't hurt either.
I did so many new cool routes, like Jungle Warfare, Birds of Prey, The Great Game and Angels Crest, all very classic and worthy climbs.
Here are some pictures I took from the course…
Mr. Bourdon demonstrating the Rescue System, looks complicated in the pic, but flows quite nicely.
Olivier, Luc, Jason and Jamie, all paying very close attention.
In other news, the recent thread on Gripped has seem to slowed down a bit, it was actually quite interesting at first, then it became kinda funny and towards the end hilarious. The funny thing about debating ethics is that there is no win or lose,it seemed to me at least like some of the peope on there actually had the drive to try and WIN. As though their opinion was better. That's the funny thing about it all, at what point will it stop being interesting and constructive and turn itself into a dog chasing its own tail. Eventually, most people just let it go and carry on with their lives, just like the last guy said, screw it "I'm going climbing". Now that's the attitude.
As the season quickly changes, I hope all of you get to be outside, bathing in the sunlight and loving every second of it. Me, I think I may head back up to Yam and see what kind of fun we can dig up. Best wishes.