SMI has long been a big fan and supporter of Sierra Club outings. For 10 years now we have conducted training courses for various groups covering a wide range of topics from Snow Travel to Rock Climbing to Avalanche Training. This helps open up new possibilities for outdoor adventures for their members. On May 8 we conducted a training day for people who are in various stages of training to lead Sierra Club outings. We covered lots of skills for moving a climbing team efficiently and safely over steep snowy terrain. Methods for moving teams up, down, and traversing across snow slopes were covered.
It was a fun day spent outside with a great group of 16 motivated folks. Thanks to Nile Sorenson and Tina Bowman for helping to supervise the day and a big THANK YOU to everybody for participating in this training and we look forward to seeing you out in the mountains!
Below are a couple photos highlighting the day. The rest of the photos are here: http://kurtwedbergphotography.com/Sierra-Trips/2010-Sierra-Trips/Sierra-Club-Leader-Training/12114909_38fFQ#861128961_CbZsd
Group photo on the morning of May 8, 2010.
Practicing rope travel techniques for ascending slopes.
SMI guide Zach Little teaching rope up methods.
Tina Bowman supervising rope team travel.
Nile supervising a rope team practicing traversing methods on snow.
Learning anchor station management on snow.
Kurt teaching belay methods.
Teams learning how to efficiently transition into lowering scenarios.
Thanks everybody for a great day!!