Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Climbing during the work week: Dawn Patrol for early risers, or an After Work Ascent

Looking to get outside during the workweek? JHMG is offering group and custom climbs for those who want to fit in climbing on a workday. Cragging, scrambling and longer routes are available with early morning start times, as well as mid-afternoon. Climbing at these times is a great way to beat the crowds on some of the well-known classics in Boulder. Custom climbs and scrambles can be arranged almost any day. Contact the JHMG-Colorado office in Boulder for more info:
Finishing the crux pitch of the Layton Kor classic, "The Bulge" (5.7, 4 pitches), Eldorado Canyon

Monday, April 25, 2011

Send your kids to a JHMG Summer Climbing Camp

JHMG offering Kids Climbing Camps this summer!
Jackson Hole Mountain Guides would love to take your kids rock climbing, develop their appreciation for the outdoors, and promote self-reliance and teamwork. Safety and fun are the key words, and activities stay fresh with options for hiking, games, and swimming. Kids 6-13 are welcome. JHMG has the following schedule, but other weeks are available at the same rates if you have a group interested:

June 13-17
July 5-8 (four day week prorated)
July 25-29

For more information:

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Reflections on Women's Days

As the ski season comes to a close, I've stepped back to examine what I learned from coaching in the Women's Days Program at Eldora Mountain Resort.

I had the unique opportunity to coach in three of the four sessions offered at Eldora this winter. In two of the three, I worked with the highest-level group of skiers (Ann Battelle worked with the highest group in the other session). I tried to spy on her group as much as possible. For one thing, it was to see Ann totally own a mogul run. I'm sure that Ann is an awesome coach: genuine, frank, dry humor, and the Terminator on skis. Being a four-time Olympian and earning multiple wins and podiums on the World Cup circuit, she definitely knows how to ski. Since Ann and I had groups that were very similar in skills, it was great to bounce ideas off of each other, and to hear about each group's progress. I was honored to be working alongside her.

Eldora has some rowdy terrain, and there are a lot of women who are skiing it or are getting ready to ski it. The transition from black to double-black is significant, and "over-terraining" can be very discouraging, and extremely dangerous. Understanding how to assess students, how to prepare students, how to manage/move students, and having contingencies are all critical to helping students move towards their terrain goals. I thrive on the challenge of balancing this risk management with our learning objectives. On top of that, the Women's program has a legacy to preserve - with high expectations of service and results. Teaching in expert terrain is a cool setting to test my ability to manage all of these items simultaneously.