Sunday, July 25, 2010

Course Wrap Up: June & July

The last two months have been a head-spinning phase for me.  These are the courses that I have led:

Alpine Ice & Mixed Climbing, Pitztal, Tyrol (Taschachhaus)
Glacier & Ice Course, Glockner Area, Salzburg (Oberwalderhütte)
Basic Outdoor Sport Climbing, Salzburg Area
Multi-Pitch Climbing, Salzburg Area
Alpine Rock Climbing, Berchtesgadener Alpen (Blaueis Hütte)

Additionally, I have also done some multi-pitch guided climbing and a few alpine rock routes in between - not to mention the normal weekly climbing courses both indoors and out.

The slide show features wonderful photos from Christian Perst ( from the ice & mixed course in Tyrol.

The weather and conditions from the beginning of June until now could not have been more extreme.  In the Pitztal I was constantly breaking trail through knee deep, wet, unconsolidated snow,  at the Oberwalderhütte it was deep winter with 50 to 60 cm of new snow and high winds.  With the alpine rock climbing course came summer conditions with unusually high temps of over 30 degrees Celsius in the valleys.

Below is a slide show from the alpine rock climbing course under the Hochkalter / Blaueisspitze in the Berchtesgadener Alpen.

The Blaueis area has become one of my favorite summer escapes for sport climbing, multi-pitch alpine and sport climbing, and fantastic bouldering.

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