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I grew up in the Boston area and lived there until my junior year in high school when I attended the Mountain School, a semester program run by Milton Academy in Vershire, VT. I then attended Colby College in Waterville, ME. During my time at Colby I studied anthropology, spent a semester in Northeast India, and became fluent in Nepali. Before I became a guide I earned my black belt in kenpo karate and taught karate for 6 years. I began guiding in college on the rocky coast of ME with Acadia Mountain Guides and on ice at the International Mountain Climbing School in NH. After graduating I took to the highway and drove from ME to WA for the big mountains and glaciers. I spend my winters in lovely Ouray, CO guiding in the famous ice park. I am currently working towards becoming a certified guide through the American Mountain Guides Association. I live, work and play in the hills and on the rocks. On the rocks both literally and, well, with ice.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

8-Day Emmons

It was a terrific 8 days on Mount Rainier. The weather was great. Now, I don’t mean blue bird skies all 8 days, I mean a wide variety of conditions which is terrific for teaching the skills to deal with everything from rain to wind to heavy snow. The weather even cleared enough for a summit push. Everyone did a terrific job dealing with the difficult snow conditions on the Emmons Glacier Route. Despite the difficult and seemingly endless post-holing through wind slab two climbers and their guide managed to reach the summit.

The 8-day Emmons is a terrific course to get an incredible amount of mountaineering experience in a unique location. While the Emmons climbing route is quit popular. Few parties on Rainier camp on the Winthrop glacier and enjoy the ascent up the glacier to Camp Sherman. Knots, crevasse rescue, glacier travel, winter camping, and of course, snow shoveling are hallmarks of this incredible course.

1 comment:

  1. Great pictures, Eitan! Thanks for posting so quickly. And thanks for a great week! You and Ben did a fantastic job.