I’ll be posting a few photos from my NOLS semester as a sneak preview of what I’ve been up to the last two months. More will come once I get back to the East coast mid May.
We’re headed back out into the field tomorrow for a 16 day climbing and high angle/rope rescue section.
I asked my instructor what the chances were of me being able to climb a 5.15c at the end of this section and his response was “zero chance”. Challenge accepted. A bunch of us were drooling over ropes and cams today at the outfitters, can’t wait to climb.
Do you like charts? Do you like nature? Here’s a semi-annual reminder that my online store is bursting with charts, tshirts and other nature-related items that I’m pretty proud of.
If anyone wants to buy me the Bird Sound Mnemonics chart for my birthday, that would be awesome.
I’m back from my three day river rescue seminar and ten day whitewater canoeing expedition down the Green River through Desolation and Gray Canyons. 84 miles of class II and III rapids. I took a crazy ride down a rapid on day four of the expedition and was fairly banged up but got back in the canoe and kept going. The river only flows one way. We also paddled three rapids by the full moon this morning. The final rapid caused two capsized canoes and my boat was swamped, but my partner and I managed to get to shore.
I learned a lot about navigation, reading river features, paddling techniques, good communication, and river rescue.
In just a few days I’ll head out to my climbing section where I’ll learn rope rescue and climbing skills.