Always set your margin for someone who’s not as good as you. Chances are, you just might have a few moments when you don’t act as smart as you think you are.
We all have limited time and energy. As much as I'd love to constantly be training and preparing with 100% focus on a goal, it's just not realistic. There's just too much to do. So I do the best I can and, usually, I'm going to pick the fun option if faced with a choice between laser-focused efficiency and good enough to get it done. Because life is short. Most things are simply not that big of a deal. I try not to take anything too seriously that it stops being fun. Maybe that's the lesson here?
I have embraced the fact that as a guide, my job is not to send the pitch. My job is to safely get the rope, and my followers, to the top. That opens up a whole range of privilege when it comes to pulling, hanging, and stepping on gear. Once you get a taste of that privilege, it is not easy to turn it away. So as soon as the climbing starts to feel hard enough that I don’t have 100% certainty I will stick the moves, the symptoms and side effects of COGS quickly go on display.
As a guide, as a teacher, Kala represents a philosophy that instructs how and why I do whatever it is I do. In the mountains, adopting a love for the journey, rather than a summit or destination, not only keeps us safer... it enriches our experience.
Transitions take time. Change does not happen in an instant. Often the process is slow, at times painful and confusing. Other times it can be exciting and refreshing. The only sure thing is that it happens. Sometimes we don't even notice. I don’t think I did. Yet now I realize it and in hindsight it seems so clear.
It starts with the actions we take each and every day. The biggest threat facing the environment is neither a president nor an oil company. It is us. Each and every one of us. And we all have a choice about how big of a step we want to take in the right direction.
Marc and Rob's book not only presents the techniques you need to fill up your own toolbox, but teaches how to use them most effectively. By learning and practicing the material in the book, you will find yourself adding new tools, ditching outdated ones, and becoming an overall faster, safer, and more elegant climber. Rob guarantees it ;).
Our culture does a good job at pushing us over the boundary between healthy ambition and overworking ourselves. We are chronically stressed out, anxious, and afraid to fail. It doesn’t matter if you work in a high rise office building or the mountains. None of us are immune to it. We all have to consciously work to find the balance between achieving our biggest dreams and just letting the universe unfold itself the way that it intends to.
A plan is only as good as the information it is based on. A decade of climbing mountains will no doubt leave you with valuable experiences. However, if you have never taken the time to really debrief your outings, to learn from close calls or unclear decisions, the worth of those experiences will be greatly diminished. Still valuable, but no where near as informative as they could be.
Most days come with at least one moment when I think to myself, "I'm too old for this shit." Or, "I'm so over this shit." Usually those feelings fade away, sometimes it takes an hour and sometimes a few days. I find myself constantly asking questions. Why am I doing this? How long can I do this? How could I do this better?
Mountain Sense's first 'live' episode, recorded at Valkyr Adventures LQ Outpost. After a week of overindulging on epic Kootenay powder skiing, we overindulged on dessert and bourbon and talked about guiding... and stuff.
Kel Rossiter (https://www.adventurespiritguides.com) and Taylor Luneau come on to talk about their project, Guides 4 Galciers. G4G is a movement/collective that aims to leverage our community of guides to promote awareness about and enact change to fight climate change. Check out more...https://www.facebook.com/groups/Guides4Glaciers/
My favorite quote from Connie in this one is that "It doesn't matter how fast you can go if you can't get back home." If you only have an hour to spend at the gym, there are some subtle but critical adjustments you can likely focus on that could make a world of difference in the long run. Taking a strategic approach to your limited training time is one of the best investments you can make in your longevity, safety, and fun factor in the mountains.
Sheldon Kerr is a AMGA certified Ski Guide and making her way toward full IFMGA/AMGA certification. Shel has guided across the U.S., from the Cascades to the Alaska Range and currently works in the Tetons for Exum. Sheldon is a prominent voice in the fight for gender equity in the guiding profession and has been a strong advocate for increasing the diversity and inclusivity in the mountains. In this episode we discuss the challenges that women and other underrepresented groups face in the guiding profession and talk about some of the solutions that are currently underway.
About Kala Mountain Adventures
In Sanskrit, 'Kala', represents the idea of time. It’s actually the same word used for ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’. Your time on this Earth is limited. Are you running out or are you running in? When's the last time you did something for the first time?
Eddie is a professional mountain guide. It's about so much more than holding the rope and building anchors. It's about sharing the high and wild places. It's about inspiring you to make the most of your time. It's about expanding your idea of what is possible and what you can achieve.
Certifications & Training:
American Mountain Guides Association - Pro Member
American Avalanche Association - Pro Member
AMGA Asst. Rock, Alpine Guide, and Ski Guide; Certified SPI
AAA Pro Level II avalanche certification
AIARE - Certified Instructor
RYT-200 Yoga Teacher