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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.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Building a Route

The Disappointment Cleaver on Mount Rainier would not be your average glacier climb if it were not for route work. As a matter of fact the route might not even connect to the summit if guides did not scout ahead and fix ladders and ropes across the larger crevasses and skeleton snow bridges.

If it were not for guides making the route go no o
ne would climb the Cleaver. This kind of work, however, is standard in the greater ranges. a couple days ago I had the honor of climbing with the legendary Lakpa Gelu Sherpa holder of the Everest speed record and highly experienced fixing ladders through the Khumbu Ice Fall low down on Mount Everest. To him fixing the Glaciers on Rainier is child's play.

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