Yesterday, Mark Puleio (IMFGA) and Joe St.Onge took the Sun Valley Trekking guides and interns out for a refresher training day and to test out their Outdoor Research technical clothing. Craig Wolfrom was along to capture images of the lessons which included aiding guests while skinning and kick-turning, self arresting, kicking steps, short roping in 3rd and 4th class terrain, as well as building a sled with skis and lowering an injured skier. The terrain Joe and Mark chose proved the perfect challenge and every lesson was completed flawlessly.
Mark showing how to use a runner clipped to a backpack to assist a kick-turn:
Interns taking notes while Joe goes over proper ice-axe placement:
Mark and Joe going over proper body positioning and ice-axe placement for self-arresting:
Short-roping in mixed terrain:
Joe belays Shane up to a stance:
Climbing and belaying through mixed terrain:
After building an “T” anchor, Mark lowers a party down a steep and narrow chute:
Guides building a rescue sled:
Guides practice lowering an injured skier:
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