The guides set up a demonstration where participants practiced ascending a rope. The drying tent made for a fine set-up and resulted in about 3 or 4 feet of actual ascend. Using minimal gear, the exercise demonstrated quickly how difficult ascending (even in a staged scenario free of any danger or stress) can be, and in particular how slow and exhausting it is.
|Jeff demonstrates key skills: How to free oneself from a fully|
loaded system, setting up a drop-line to a fallen climber,
|Julius has a captive audience. His lovely interactive presentation |
style and self-deprecating humour made for a memorable
and informative session.
Here's a link to his Grizzly Bear Ranch operation.
The next day, woudl be our last opportunity to get out and climb a mountain. Most people were pretty excited to get out there. During dinner Friday, we were offered "climbers' choice". The guides basically liste a bunch of objectives and people could indicate thier interest. We opted for the very first one Azimuth, a long rock ridge, with a regular 6 am wake-up.