Alpine Leadership

Andy and Scott recently joined me on an 8 day Alpine Leadership course.

Day 1:  We started out at X-rock where we rock climbed in addition to learning climbing technique, belaying, rappeling, basic anchors and traditional gear placement.

Day 2: We climbed Snowdon via the West Buttress and descended the Northeast Ridge to the Northwest Couloir.  All in all a great day where we learned about the basics of short roping and the kiwi coil.  That afternoon we drove up to Silverton and hiked into Ice Lake Basin.

Day 3: We woke early and learned about self arresting, and cramponing technique, before climbing Fuller and Vermillion.

Day 4: We started out the day by climbing Golden Horn.  We then descended and learned about snow anchors, before heading back to camp and hiking out to the van.  Lunch in Silverton, then driving up the pass to camp at the trail head for Vestal Basin.

Day 5: We hiked in to Vestal Basin and set up camp. Then learned about/practiced knot tying, and cravasse rescue techniques.

Day 6: We climbed Vestal Peak via the Wham Ridge.  Then learned about navigation in the mountains.

Day 7: We hiked out to the van, and headed back to town to switch out some gear and take a shower.

Day 8: We drove up to Ouray and climbed an apline ridge just south of town called Lightline.  Andy and Scott got to practice the skills they had learned throughout the week, anchors, short roping, belaying, rappeling to name a few.

Great trip guys! I hope to climb with you both again in the future!

BK

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