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Last night we had our first class for @boealps - a refresh for our instructors! I am super excited to share that this year I will be leading a team for @boealps this year. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about let me explain! In 2014 Kyle and I wanted to take a mountaineering course and we had heard about @boealps from one of his co-workers. We looked into it and it seemed like a more affordable version of what the Mountaineers offered for their basic mountaineering course so we signed up. That first year as students changed our lives. We learned so much, made life long friends and conquered many fears. By the end of the season we were hooked and this will now be our third season instructing for the Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC). What I love about the BMC:
• Teams are formed at the beginning of the class and climb together for the entirety of the class. Teams are made up of a lead instructor, some senior instructors, some associate and junior instructors and then the students. There is almost a 1-to-1 ratio of students to instructor.
• You learn SO MUCH. Navigation, rappelling, traveling on a fixed line, arm rappel, z-pulley, glacier travel, snow camping, escape the belay, rappelling last a knot, risk management, avalanche awareness, the list goes on and on and on.
• You get out and climb almost every weekend between now and the middle of June. No excuses for bad weather. By the end you’re in great shape and you’re ready for anything.
• Did I mention is super fun and you make the best of friends? Well, it’s true.
If you have more questions about BMC and @boealps Or just about mountaineering in general hit me up. When we aren’t thruhiking this is our outlet, our release. This is how we get out and away from the crowds and explore. Can’t wait for another season of mountaineering!
📍Ancestral lands of the Puget Sound Salish peoples.