I've spent the last six days at Smith Rock State Park near Bend Oregon participating in an AMGA Rock Instructor Course. This is course is the first in a succession of courses with the goal of full international certification. It's a very cool, long, expensive process that is quite difficult. Somehow we've been blessed with fantastic weather, despite some ominous forecasts. We've been spending our time with two instructors; Dale Remsburg, Technical Director of the AMGA and Tom Hargis, one of the owners of Exum Mountain Guides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. These guys are phenomenal!
|Looking up at Zebra Zion, what an awesome route!|
|Tom climbing up to Katie's belay|
|The zoo that is Smith Rock on a sunny weekend day|
|This place lends itself to pictures|
|The man, the legend, Tom Hargis|
|Post climb chillin'|
|What a pretty helmet|
|I may need a shower|
Today was a classroom day, lots of presentations on various aspects of guiding. It was perfect, cuz the weather was sub-par. Tomorrow we head back out for short rope instruction, then a day of rescue training. That'll about wrap up the course. Hopefully I'll get into the next course next year!