August was a pretty wild month for me- I had a few big back to back trips, including the South Face of Charlotte Dome, one of my favorite trips to guide in the Sierra, before traveling North to the Cascades for another step in the IFMGA certification process, the AMGA Advanced Alpine Course/Aspirant Exam. While that may just sound like a mouthful of acronyms (which it is), the program is part coached instruction in high-level glaciated guiding, as well as an exam component in order to qualify for the full alpine exam.
|Cilogear packs have specially designed donut straps.|
|Brian and Andrew working towards our afternoon objective on Forbidden Peak|
|High on the NW Face to North Ridge, before reaching our high bivy camp|
|Sat phones make maintaining relationships a little easier.|
|Au cheval on the North Ridge of Forbiden|
September is proving to be as busy a month as any of the summer months anymore, and though conditions are still prime for climbing, falling temperatures in the alpine elevations and shortening days, we can sure tell the autumn is arriving.