July 14, 2009

I know what I'm doing!

So, after my first day of briefing, I now know that the course I will be leading will be in the Beartooth Wilderness in Montana. This is about a 5 hour drive from Lander, WY, and is unique because NOLS runs about 2 courses a year there. In comparison, we have 46 courses out in the Wind River Range as I'm typing this - I have no idea how many a year go there. Anyway, I now have a general idea of the route we will take for the next 22 days and it looks totally wicked!

To add to my excitement, I got an email today notifying me that I've been accepted to participate in the North Cascades Mountaineering Seminar on August 17-27, which will make me eligible to instruct, you guessed it, mountaineering courses in the North Cascades! I think this will pretty much be the ideal course type for me to instruct, so I couldn't be more stoked about the opportunities that successful completion of this seminar will open up!

One more day in town, and I'm off to the Beartooths with 2 co-instructors and 12 students, who range in age from 18 to 50. We've got an unusual distribution of the sexes, with a total of 10 females and 5 males - should be interesting!

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