Alpine Training part 1
|Tamsin on or warm up route|
Arriving in Switzerland I was greeted by a substantial thunderstorm. Great! Our training course was established in Evolene, a stunning alpine village high up in the Val du Herens. I arrive a day early and met up with Tamsin for a via ferrata which was local to where we were staying. Having never don e Via Ferrata, I made a lanyard and off we went. Great way to get into very exposed terrain with constantly good handholds!
|Ally and Callum looking worried about the upcoming section|
The course kicked off with a whole day of Via Ferrata. A very fun activity but not to be underestimated. It still has plenty of risks involved and as a guide, needs to be managed appropriately.
We did two routes covering some steep and exposed ground, 'pumpy' in places but fortunately you can clip in at any point and rest.
|Fellow trainee guide enjoying the shade|
Day two we headed onto the 'Glacier De Moiry' in the Swiss canton of Valais. A very accessible glacier which ideal for 'Ecole du Glace'. We spent the day looking at techniques to teach and prep clients for a week in the mountains. Crampon and axe use, glacier travel and crevasse rescue. A really useful day and looking forward to putting it into practice.
|Steep and exposed...accessible to all|
Now a week off before Alpine Training 2...and there is a heat wave here!