AMGA training and then some
04/15/2006, Washington, Canada, Alaska
An update would be in order for those that happen to stumble upon this. Our next expedition takes place to the wonderful country of Tibet in June followed by the Alps in July, so until then its busy preparing for many great things this spring.
Since being back from Africa I've been catching up on office logistics with Bruce and Tamara, and all is coming along just fine. The big news is we will have a new website by August. Our biggest and most time consuming venture we've ever done. New trips are being added like Ecuador, Tibet, Hawaii (yes believe it or not), more skiing, and more avalanche education. Our programs this season were a wonderful success thanks to many of our wonderful clients.
I'm back in Colorado for a weekend break before heading back to Canada training with ski guides and preparing for my American Mountain Guides Ski Mountaineering exam. It involves logging many technical tours in varied conditions. It's been great focusing on this and also very rewarding. I'll be excited to begin that exam in about 2 weeks from now.
03/12/2006, In the middle of Africa...
I'm keeping this brief since I have to catch a shower and a plane.
We bounced our way back to Nairobi this afternoon under more sweltering skies. Seems as if another dry spell has hit and the temps reached nearly 95 degrees.
We summited Nelion on Mount Kenya, for Dan and I its been a long journey, and I was so proud of his effort. He also had a lung infection we did not find out about until he was down. I will get into details later, but it was a 24 hour summit day, we went slow but made good calculations on weather and progress, gauged it was possible and made it happen under a setting sky of gold to the West over the Aberdare mountains. It was truly incredible, we just needed to hustle...
The descent took almost 7 hours in the dark, the stars were with us, and at around 10:00 PM the moon popped over the East Face and gave us much needed light. Our headlamps were working but it was amazing how having a little nudge of light made things more clear.
It was all fine, and looking back a sweet summit that made me proud to guide such great folks. They made it a great trip.
03/10/2006, Nelion summit of Mt. Kenya
I am happy to report that Jamie, Dan and Michael had a long, but successful, summit of Nelion, Mt. Kenya yesterday! They reached the summit at approximately 4:30 PM after a long and involved climb. Everyone is tired, but happy, and in good health after an almost 24 hour summit day and nearly 15 rappels to get down. I hope that a hot tub and some well-deserved R & R are awaiting them. Congratulations guys!