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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.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Love on Rainier and Dissapointment Cleaver Conditions

First of all, congratulations everyone on summiting Mount Rainier! Two climbs in a row with everyone to the top, not bad. This summit was truly a memorable one. When Brian and Millie reached the summit of Mount Rainier and Brian proposed to Millie who was exhausted but said yes. Congratulations you two! That is the first time I have ever seen someone propose on Mount Rainier.

On the way down fellow guide Dave and I peeled off from the group to search for a safer route across the Emmons glacier to the Emmons Shoulder. Dave and I fixed a line that bypasses a sketchy ladder crossing. We also marked a route from the Cleaver to the Emmons traverse so climbers no longer need to make an exposed traverse on a hanging snow fin. With the coming colder weather, the route should be in great shape through the end of the season.

Hopefully when Brian and Millie look to revisit where he proposed we will see them back at Alpine Ascents to head up to the summit once again.

1 comment:

  1. Eitan, the pictures are awesome! Jesse, Millie, and I truly enjoyed the adventure; Alpine Ascents Rocks! Your post of mine and Millies engagement is much appreciated and we're thrilled to have shared our event in such an unbelievable location, with such unbelievable guides. Tell Dave he has true skills as "The Millie Whisperer!" This will be a memory of a lifetime!