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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, July 3, 2010

To the Top of North America

The trip was incredible! Denali is a huge and gorgeous peak and we had a terrific team up there. The first question most people ask about a trip like that is 'did you summit?' to dispel the suspense, we got everyone as high as 18,100 and five out of six folks to the summit. most importantly however, i think it is safe to say that everyone had good time pulling sleds and walking up this great mountain.

So what gets you up there? Fitness aside, self awareness and self care are crucial. Thats where my fellow guides and I come in. pulling a sled and walking uphill is not rocket science. Knowing when you are so tired you need a little help caring for yourself. having someone else making you water and dinner can be the difference between getting there and not. When you are totally exhausted from climbing it often takes a helping hand to be sure you are eating and drinking enough. As my co-guide liked to say, 'you eat and drink your way up this mountain'. If you take good care of yourself you acclimatize well and if you acclimatize well you will be able to reach the top.

1 comment:

  1. Eitan,

    Looks like you had a wonderful trip. Sorry about not being able to make that last push to the top.
    Thought about you often when I was Talkeetna this last weekend, wondering how your trip went. You of course would have left the state already. It was great to look at your pictures. Reminds me of how I need to get my pictures digital. We had the son here this last week and sent him home yesterday. Today I am back to work. Will be following your posts.
    Always to the top, and be safe.