25/09/05: Passed ACMG Assistant Rock Guide Exam
After living in the mountains for 13 years and watching all my friends go through the rigorous process of becoming a mountain guide, I finally decided to give it a go and become a guide. As a father now supporting a family, guiding is an obvious career move, plus, it is something I always wanted to do but was way to busy climbing and going on expeditions. I spent my summer taking an Advanced Wilderness First Aid course (10 days), the guide training course (8 days), the exam (8 days) and climbing as many classic moderates as possible. For me, it was like a stroll down memory lane since I had done many of these routes when I first moved to the Rockies. It was fun to re-climb routes like Grillmair Chimney and the Northeast Buttress of Ha Ling. 13 years ago these were both all-day scare-fests which now have become enjoyable half-day romps. I ended up slogging up to Yamnuska, a cliff I purposefully avoided the past few years as I searched for more solid stone, almost 20 times this summer in addition to many days spent on the other big limestone faces of the Bow Valley. My training prepared me well for the exam which I passed with a strong recommendation to continue into the Alpine program this winter and next summer. I am excited about my future profession which will keep me in the hills as well as food on the family table.
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