Certified! Part 1: Petzl athlete Caroline George on Becoming an IFMGA GuideBecoming a full International Federation of Mountain Guides Association-certified guide has long been a dream of mine. A few years back, I took a friend up the beautiful Forbes Arête on the Aiguille du Chardonnet in Chamonix. This friend had never climbed any mountain and I was in charge of the whole outing. I loved how taking someone up and down a mountain required so much problem solving: What time do we need to start? How do we get to the base? What are the hazards and how do I manage them? How much rope should be out on the glacier, on a steep snow section, or on a rocky ridge?
Travels with Chris Lindner: A Spring in the Life...I started March off around Gunnison with some cliff bolting, ice climbing, cross-country skiing in the backcountry, and snowboarding in Crested Butte, followed by a short trip to Bishop.
Bouldering in Gunnison. Photo courtesy of chrislindner.com
Jon Cardwell in SpainNormally, when the cold weather arrives, I feel as if I'm one of the little geckos that sometime peek their heads out of the pockets in Margalef, taking refuge from the harsh climate. I grew up in the desert so naturally I seek out the sun. I either make plans to travel to a warmer area or head for the boulders. This year was different and thankfully with a group that's always psyched it was easy to stay motivated through the coldest months.
PICCHU, a climbing and biking helmet designed for childrenFrom climbing one day to cycling the next, children do many different activities.The PICCHU helmet is CE certified for both of these activities (climbing and cycling) and offers protection, durability and comfort.It is very light and comfortable and constructed for durability.
Rock to Ice, Part 2: Kevin Wilkinson tests the ice & quickly sends M12words by Alli Rainey
photos by Crista-Lee Mitchell Back in Canada for the winter with nowhere to sport climb or boulder in sight, Petzl athlete Kevin Wilkinson decided on a whim to try his hand at mixed climbing when some friends invited him to go along.