August 14, 2009

Guiding in the Canadian Rockies

Guiding in the Canadian Rockies is a really mixed bag. From walking around on flat glaciers to climbing ladders, is there anything we don't have? Here we see Tom G demonstrating excellent Via Ferrata technique. Notice the 3 points of contact.

Guide Training. Repeat after me, "This is my rope. There are many like it but this one is mine. My rope is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my rope is useless. Without my rope I am useless. I must coil my rope true. I must coil it faster than my client, who is trying to kill me. I must rescue him before he kills us both. I will. Before God I swear this creed."

Descending from the summit of the The President in the Little Yoho Valley.


Descending the President Glacier

Hiking out along the Iceline Trail with Takkakaw Falls raging in the background.

Entering the crux pitch on Highlander. Of course, no guiding season in the Rockies is complete without atleast one unsettling ascent on Yam.

Steep

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